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Topic: patent

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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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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Lodsys reports momentum in licensing of in-app purchasing patent

10/08/2012, 10:10 pm

A pair of blog postings to Lodsys Group's website on Monday offer a brief update regarding the company's ongoing patent licensing disputes against app makers over certain in-app purchasing inventions, and claim more developers are buckling to the firm's demands.

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Motorola says reduction of German Android devices was planned, not linked to patent rulings

10/08/2012, 06:10 pm

In a statement on Monday, Google's Motorola Mobility claims the quiet removal of a number of Android-based devices from the German market was part of a strategy to focus on newer products, not the result of unfavorable rulings in patent cases involving Apple and Microsoft.

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Apple looking into hybrid wireless headphones for "active" users

10/04/2012, 06:10 am

A patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is investigating a unique set of headphones, designed to withstand the rigors of athletic activity by eliminating the need for cumbersome cords.

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Apple offered Samsung UMTS cross-licensing agreement prior to trial

10/03/2012, 10:10 pm

It was revealed in a court filing this week that prior to its California patent trial against Samsung, Apple proposed a mutual agreement regarding cross-licensing patented 3G/UMTS technologies with the Korean company under what it considered to be FRAND terms.

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Apple patents wireless adapter, may ease accessory incompatibility issues

10/02/2012, 05:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent covering a universal adapter for portable media players that affords, in one embodiment, the transmission of wireless data to any accessory, possibly providing a solution to complaints regarding the company's switch to the new Lightning connector.

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Apple awarded patent for touch-sensitive mouse

10/02/2012, 05:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a mouse with embedded touch sensors, otherwise known as the Mighty Mouse or Apple Mouse.

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Samsung adds iPhone 5 to upcoming Apple patent infringement suit

10/01/2012, 11:10 pm

Samsung on Monday officially added the iPhone 5 to a lawsuit scheduled to be heard in 2014, making good on a promise to level claims against the handset for allegedly infringing upon certain wireless technology patents held by the Korean company.

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Judge dissolves injunction against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

10/01/2012, 09:10 pm

Apple v. Samsung presiding Judge Lucy Koh on Monday dissolved a U.S. preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, lifting the sales ban the jurist first instituted in June.

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Apple sued over Passbook by hospitality software maker Ameranth

10/01/2012, 04:10 pm

Ameranth, a leading developer of internet and software solutions for the hospitality marketplace, filed suit against Apple's Passbook digital ticketing app, claiming patent infringement in an ongoing effort to enforce its wireless technology IP.

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Apple sued by 'patent troll' over Numbers software

09/28/2012, 06:09 pm

In a court filing on Wednesday, a Texas-based non-practicing entity sued Apple for alleged patent infringement regarding the company's Numbers spreadsheet software.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be reconsidered by California court

09/28/2012, 05:09 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday granted Samsung a limited appeal of a sales ban against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, effectively handing the reconsideration decision down to Apple v. Samsung presiding Judge Lucy Koh.

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Samsung requests new Apple trial on claims of jury misconduct

09/25/2012, 12:09 am

In post-trial filings on Friday, Samsung revealed it is planning to fight for a new trial against Apple, and to that end entered a number of documents supporting the theory that juror misconduct led to the jury's original $1 billion verdict.

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German court rules Samsung, Motorola do not infringe on Apple 'touch event' patent

09/21/2012, 04:09 am

The Mannheim Regional Court on Thursday ruled against Apple's claim that Android devices infringe on the company's patent regarding how a multitouch device handles so-called "touch events."

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Apple looks to automate locking, unlocking iDevices with facial recognition

09/20/2012, 07:09 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published Apple's patent application for a system that can both lock and unlock an iDevice based on automatic facial analysis.

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Apple 'shake to charge' technology may one day power iPhones, iPods

09/20/2012, 06:09 am

A new Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday illustrates the company's take on powering portable electronic devices with an electromagnetic induction system, or "shake to charge."

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Apple granted patent for iPhone 4 'antennagate' antenna design

09/18/2012, 06:09 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a bezel gap antenna that appears to have been used in the iPhone 4, a design which ultimately sparked the notorious "antennagate" debacle in 2010.

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