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Topic: patents

Apple patents low-power, "always-on" mobile device status indicators

10/23/2012, 06:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a system in which the status of a portable device can be persistently displayed on-screen without having to turn on the display or primary backlight.

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USPTO invalidates Apple's "rubber-banding" patent asserted against Samsung

10/23/2012, 05:10 am

It was discovered in a Monday court filing from Samsung that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tentatively invalidated Apple's bounce scroll, or "rubber-banding," patent, possibly putting the Apple v. Samsung jury's decision regarding the property at risk.

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Japanese court finds Apple did not infringe on two Samsung patents

10/22/2012, 08:10 am

A Japanese court has rejected two patent infringement claims lodged by Samsung against Apple, marking yet another country where Apple has found courtroom success against its rival.

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WSJ: Google may settle mobile FRAND patent antitrust claim

10/19/2012, 09:10 pm

The Wall Street Journal on Friday reported that Google is thinking about settling a potential antitrust claim by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission regarding the use of Motorola patents, which the company allegedly used as weapons against rival mobile phone makers likeApple.

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Apple looking to add character to text-to-speech voices

10/18/2012, 07:10 am

An Apple patent application discovered on Thursday outlines an invention that uses metadata from emails, texts and other communications to determine how a synthesized voice sounds in a text-to-speech (TTS) system.

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Apple exploring sonar tech to replace IR proximity sensors

10/18/2012, 07:10 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes a system that may one day replace the infrared proximity sensors deployed in current iPhones with sonar-like technology.

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Apple loses appeal of UK ruling in patent case against Samsung

10/18/2012, 05:10 am

Apple on Thursday lost an appeal of a previous UK ruling that said Samsung did not copy the look and feel of the iPad.

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ITC will investigate VirnetX claims against Apple

10/16/2012, 06:10 pm

In a statement published on Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission announced it has agreed to investigate a complaint from software maker VirnetX, which asserts that certain Apple wireless-enabled devices infringe its patents.

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New Apple tech can detect, alert iPhone owners of unauthorized use

10/16/2012, 06:10 am

Among the flurry of patents granted to Apple on Tuesday, an interesting invention regarding iPhone security was discovered, with the property describing various methods to protect sensitive data if an unauthorized user gets hold of the device.

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Apple granted patent for iOS multitasking user interface

10/16/2012, 06:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for a method which allows smartphone users to quickly switch between multiple open apps, a feature many iOS device owners have come to find indispensable.

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Apple's patented tech can make an iPhone a 3D remote control

10/16/2012, 06:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a three-dimensional remote control system that can employ both absolute and relative position detection to manipulate on-screen graphical assets, much like Nintentdo's Wii gaming console.

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Apple appeals Japan court's pro-Samsung ruling in patent infringement suit

10/15/2012, 06:10 pm

In Apple's ongoing worldwide patent litigation with Samsung, the company on Monday filed for an appeal of a Tokyo District Court ruling that said the Korean electronics giant did not infringe on certain utility patents.

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Apple wins stay of Korean iPhone, iPad sales ban

10/11/2012, 04:10 pm

It was reported on Thursday that a Seoul court has granted Apple's request to stay a sales ban against both the iPhone and iPad after an August ruling found the products to be in violation of Samsung's patents.

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Microsoft expands Motorola patent case to target Google Maps

10/11/2012, 02:10 pm

Microsoft announced in a German court today that it would be expanding its patent infringement case against Motorola to include Google, specifically targeting the search giant's maps service for Android.

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Appeals court reverses ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Apple patent dispute

10/11/2012, 12:10 pm

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday overturned a ruling that barred sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, allowing the device to go back on sale.

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Apple invents technique to hide integral internal components in plain sight

10/11/2012, 06:10 am

An Apple patent filing discovered on Thursday reveals the company is researching a system in which the internals of a device such as the iPhone are hidden behind a "window" that can change states from opaque to transparent, allowing users to reveal a component when it's needed and hide it when it's not.

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Apple investigating handwriting and selective touch recognition

10/11/2012, 06:10 am

A pair of patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveal Apple is investigating the use of heuristics in its mobile devices to deliver a more realistic digital representation of handwriting, as well as selective touch input that ignores extraneous touch events.

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UN roundtable tackles wireless patent disputes between Apple, Samsung, others

10/10/2012, 02:10 pm

Apple was joined by Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others in a meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday that discussed the potential patent litigation reform in the lawsuit-saturated wireless industry.

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Continuation of Apple's 'Slide-to-unlock' patent covers 'open-to-app' functionality

10/09/2012, 06:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a continuation of its hotly-contested "slide-to-unlock" patent, bringing further functionality to the invention that has already been used in the company's ongoing patent litigation.

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Apple patents device-to-device location-sharing technology

10/09/2012, 05:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for the formation and tracking of location-sharing groups without the need for a cellular network, much like a decentralized version of the technology powering the company's "Find My Friends" iOS app.

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