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Topic: patent

Apple looking into motion-controlled mouse for Mac

12/27/2012, 06:12 am

A patent filing published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details an Apple invention pertaining to a computer input device that uses motion gestures, like tilting, brushing and tapping to manipulate a computer's GUI.

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Apple's wind turbine technology uses heat, not rotational energy to generate electricity

12/27/2012, 06:12 am

In a rare non-computing related patent filing discovered on Thursday, Apple proposes a wind turbine that generates electricity from converting heat energy rather than rotational energy created by the rotation of the unit's blades.

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Samsung sues Apple in Korea over iOS Notification Center

12/22/2012, 01:12 am

Samsung has reportedly launched a new lawsuit against Apple's implementation of the iOS Notification Center, saying that the feature infringes on an active patent.

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European Commission slaps Samsung with formal antitrust complaint

12/22/2012, 12:12 am

The European Union's executive body on Friday formally accused Samsung of abusing its dominant market position to gain a foothold in legal disputes being waged against Apple, a complaint the South Korean electronics giant tried to avoid by pulling out of such litigation in Europe.

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Motorola patent being enforced against Apple's iCloud invalidated by UK judge

12/21/2012, 06:12 pm

Google's Motorola on Friday lost its UK patent infringement case against Microsoft after a High Court judge invalidated a property currently being used as the basis of an injunction against Apple's iCloud in Germany.

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Apple appeals ruling that shot down Samsung injunction

12/20/2012, 05:12 pm

In a court filing on Thursday, Apple announced its intent to appeal a ruling handed down from Apple v. Samsung Judge Lucy Koh denying a Samsung product ban, saying that the issue will be taken to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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Apple files for patent Passbook's digital coupon feature, hints at NFC

12/20/2012, 06:12 am

In a patent filing discovered on Thursday, Apple provides an in-depth look at the inner workings of its Passbook app -- the digital coupon, ticket and gift card storage solution which comes pre-installed on all new iPhone and iPod touch products.

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Patent filings detail Retina MacBook Pro's quiet asymmetric fans

12/20/2012, 06:12 am

A trio of patent applications discovered on Thursday reveal how the asymmetric fan blade spacing used in the newest MacBook Pro with Retina display models quiet the spinning impeller without sacrificing performance.

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Apple 'pinch-to-zoom' patent invalidated by USPTO

12/19/2012, 04:12 pm

An Apple v. Samsung court filing on Wednesday reveals that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invalidated Apple's "pinch-to-zoom" patent, a property key to the trial as its claims were the basis of some of the $1.05 billion in damages won by the Cupertino company.

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Apple cleared of infringing on Motorola patent in ITC case

12/18/2012, 07:12 pm

A U.S. International Trade Commission judge issued a ruling on Tuesday exonerating Apple of infringing on a Motorola owned patent involving embedded proximity sensors in mobile handsets.

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Apple secures system-on-chip patent protecting future A-series processors

12/18/2012, 06:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a short but important patent relating to system-on-chip (SoC) design and manufacture, with the property likely aimed at protecting the company's A-series mobile processors.

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Apple wins patent for OS X Preview app functionality

12/18/2012, 05:12 am

Apple on Tuesday won a patent for an early version of Preview, the Mac application that can display and perform keyword searches in documents without having to open the software that created them.

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Judge denies Apple motion for Samsung device injunction, tosses jury misconduct claims

12/17/2012, 10:12 pm

Apple on Monday was denied a motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung products found to be in infringement of certain design and utility patents, while a Samsung motion for a retrial on the basis of jury misconduct was also denied.

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ITC judge clears Apple, Intel, HP of patent infringement allegations

12/14/2012, 10:12 pm

A U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Friday ruled in favor of defendants Apple, Intel and HP in a case pertaining to processor patent technology asserted by X2Y Attenuators LLC, a small technology firm.

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Apple and LG cleared of infringing on Alcatel-Lucent patents

12/13/2012, 05:12 pm

A federal jury on Thursday found products made by Apple and LG do not infringe on video compression patents asserted by Alcatel-Lucent's Multimedia Patent Trust, bringing an end to the nearly two-year long case.

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Apple's smart call waiting system automatically puts incoming calls on hold, supports voice to text

12/13/2012, 05:12 am

A filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday revealed Apple's invention for an intelligent call waiting system that uses contextual clues to play back pre-defined "please hold" messages or translate voice mails into text.

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Apple invention uses 'faceprints' to identify people, objects

12/13/2012, 05:12 am

In a patent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple outlined a system that analyzes the characteristics of an image's subject and uses the data to create a "faceprint," which can then be matched with other photos to determine a person's identity.

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Apple granted design patents for iPhone 4/4S and iCloud icon

12/11/2012, 05:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple the design rights for the iPhone 4 and 4S as well as the distinctive cloud icon used to represent the iCloud service in iOS and OS X.

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Apple patents method for intelligent caller ID image selection

12/11/2012, 05:12 am

Apple has won a patent for the method in which pictures are assigned to incoming calls, offering a twist to the common feature seen on most cellular devices since the introduction of the camera phone.

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Apple and Google reportedly partners in $500M bid for Kodak patents

12/07/2012, 11:12 pm

Despite ongoing legal struggles with Google subsidiary Motorola, Apple has reportedly teamed up with the internet search giant to offer a bid for Kodak patents worth over $500 million.

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