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Topic: patents

Future EarPods may use sensors to detect users' ears, control noise cancellation and music playback

05/29/2014, 06:05 am

In the shadow of Apple's recent acquisition of Beats Electronics, known for its aftermarket headphone hardware, a pair of Apple patent filings published on Thursday show an earbud design that can detect user's presence based on data from onboard sensors.

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Apple granted patent for embedding sapphire displays in LiquidMetal iPhone chassis

05/27/2014, 04:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent describing a process in which an iPhone's display glass -- including sapphire -- is integrally joined with a bezel made out of amorphous metal alloy, namely LiquidMetal.

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Google's current stance on patents with Android would have prevented Google from ever having existed

05/25/2014, 11:05 pm

Just over 15 years ago, two Stanford University students set out to commercialize PageRank, a brilliant new search engine concept they'd developed to organize the Internet's vast array of information. However, the same intellectual property rights Google now opposes in regard to Android would have prevented Larry Page and Sergey Brin from ever having got their company off the ground back then.

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Apple tech would use mechanical shutters to protect sensitive iPhone audio components

05/22/2014, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering an active system that protects sensitive acoustic components like microphones and speakers from damage.

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Apple wins broad injunction against Samsung in The Netherlands over bounce-back patent

05/20/2014, 05:05 pm

Samsung lost an appeal in the Netherlands over its infringement of Apple's bounce-back patent, resulting in a broad injunction against selling accused devices and all other infringing devices that Samsung has introduced or will introduce.

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Apple says it's willing to settle, but inflammatory comments from Samsung suggest it isn't

05/20/2014, 09:05 am

While Apple and Samsung are said to once again be in talks to settle their ongoing patent disputes, Apple has said that comments from Samsung's lawyers portraying the iPhone maker as "jihadist" suggest that such talks might just be a waste of time.

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Apple updates solar patent to include multitouch, flexible displays

05/20/2014, 06:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a modified version of a property covering solar panel integration in portable devices, widening the invention's reach to cover electronics with transparent multitouch screens like the iPhone.

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Apple, Samsung reignite patent lawsuit settlement talks - report

05/19/2014, 07:05 am

Following Apple's most recent legal victory in California, and the news that both it and Google have agreed to end litigation with each other, Apple is said to have renewed settlement talks with Samsung, in an effort to end all ongoing lawsuits between the two rivals.

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Japanese court rules Samsung abused FRAND patents against Apple

05/17/2014, 06:05 pm

Apple made legal progress in its battle with Samsung over patents in Japan this week when the Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung had indeed illegally abused its Standards Essential Patents to demand a sales ban and excessive royalties against the iPhone maker.

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Atom-sized, bendable graphene touchscreen tech seen as potential key for future Apple devices

05/15/2014, 04:05 pm

Rigid glass touchscreens may give way to bendable, foldable portable displays in the future, thanks to utilizing graphene --an advanced technology that has generated interest from Apple, Samsung and others.

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New Apple tech helps prevent misdirected messages and emails

05/15/2014, 04:05 am

An Apple invention published on Thursday illustrates a simple yet effective way to remind a user of who is on the other end of a text message or group chat, a problem that is the bane of people who juggle multiple conversations at once.

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Future iPhones may feature interactive sidewall displays with virtual buttons

05/13/2014, 06:05 am

As the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone draws near, new documents discovered on Tuesday reveal the company is already looking ahead to future versions of the handset that may sport functional wrap-around displays.

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Oracle wins key reversal in Java copyright case against Google's Android

05/09/2014, 04:05 pm

After seeing the majority of its Java infringement claims against Android essentially set aside in 2012, Oracle has now won an important reversal on appeal that will allow it to pursue its $1 billion case against Google and potentially an injunction against Android as infringing its Java intellectual property.

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Future iPhones may use optical image stabilization to create 'super-resolution' images

05/08/2014, 05:05 am

Documents discovered on Thursday show Apple is hard at work on tech to take iPhone picture quality to new levels, specifically a "super-resolution" imaging engine that uses optical image stabilization to capture multiple samples that are then stitched together to form an incredibly high-density photo.

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Apple's invention for touch-sensitive buttons could prevent accidental inputs

05/06/2014, 08:05 am

Apple is famous for its pioneering touchscreen devices, but a new patent shows the company has also dabbled behind the scenes in touch-sensitive buttons that would be able to distinguish between accidental activation and an actual finger press.

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After partial win, Apple comments on second Samsung trial as award grows

05/02/2014, 09:05 pm

Following the jury's verdict in the second Apple vs Samsung trial, which found infringement in three of the five patents Apple argued, the company issued a statement thanking the jury and suggesting a continued fight to defend the company's innovative products.

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Jury's verdict in Apple vs Samsung case threatens far reaching consequences

05/02/2014, 08:05 am

The jurors deciding the outcome of the second Apple vs Samsung trial haven't yet returned a verdict, but their options are limited to a few possible outcomes, ranging from a fiery thermonuclear blast to a wintery new Dark Ages.

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Future Apple docks could feature self retracting connectors to prevent breakage

05/01/2014, 04:05 pm

Apple has shown interest in building a docking station for devices like the iPhone and iPad that would retract the connector when the "iDevice" is being removed, preventing damage to both the dock and the device.

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Future MacBook keyboards may come loaded with in-key displays, capacitive touch sensors

05/01/2014, 05:05 am

While Apple's most recent innovations have come from portables like the iPad Air and iPhone 5s, a document uncovered on Thursday reveals a feature-laden keyboard with multi-function "keystacks" that integrate miniature displays, touch sensors and haptic feedback mechanisms.

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Future iPhone may use MEMS actuator for fast, efficient autofocus

04/29/2014, 06:04 am

While current iOS devices employ traditional voice coil motors for camera autofocusing duties, Apple is looking into a unique MEMS solution that could lead to much slimmer and more power-efficient handset designs.

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