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Topic: patent

Apple and LG accused of infringing Alcatel-Lucent patents in U.S. trial

11/27/2012, 07:11 am

A California court trial involving patent infringement allegations against co-defendants Apple and LG Electronics began on Tuesday, with Alcatel-Lucent's Multimedia Patent Trust asserting the two electronics makers violated video compression technology used in a number of devices.


Apple wins patent rights to OS X 'widgets' and dashboard

11/27/2012, 06:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for the so-called "widgets" dashboard, which holds a number of mini applications built on web languages CSS, HTML and JavaScript, first seen in OS X 10.4 Tiger in 2005.


Apple patents Siri microphone icon

11/27/2012, 05:11 am

After over a year of examination, Apple was awarded the design rights for Siri's microphone icon seen by iPhone and iPad users since the virtual assistant was first introduced in 2011.


Apple adds six Samsung products to Galaxy Nexus dispute

11/24/2012, 07:11 pm

In a court filing on Friday, Apple asked a federal judge to add six Samsung products, including the Galaxy S III running Android 4.1, to an upcoming infringement lawsuit, with each party asserting a number of utility patents against the other.


Samsung looks to add 4th-gen iPad, iPad mini to upcoming patent infringement suit

11/21/2012, 09:11 pm

Samsung on Wednesday filed a motion to include Apple's fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini in its running list of iOS devices that allegedly infringe on certain wireless patents, tacking on even more product claims to be heard in an upcoming patent lawsuit.


Judge orders Apple to disclose details of HTC licensing deal

11/21/2012, 07:11 pm

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Apple must show Samsung the details of its agreement with HTC, which recently brought an end to ongoing litigation by striking a ten-year patent cross-licensing deal.


Apple-HTC licensing deal to auto-terminate if any party is bought out

11/21/2012, 07:11 pm

A heavily redacted public version of the Apple and HTC licensing agreement was discovered on Wednesday, offering a few shreds of information regarding the ten-year deal including a "change of control" clause that automatically terminates the agreement if one of the parties is bought out.


Apple's journaling system for iOS makes geotagging a system-wide feature

11/20/2012, 05:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for an advanced journaling system that timestamps and geotags any iOS device event, such as a phone call, an app download, the playing of a song, and more.


HTC head denies rumored details of Apple licensing deal

11/20/2012, 04:11 am

In a statement to reporters on Tuesday, HTC CEO Peter Chou denied analysts' guesses as to the details surrounding the Taiwanese company's ten-year licensing deal with Apple, calling the widely-cited estimates "baseless."


ITC to review decision that cleared Apple of infringing Samsung patents

11/19/2012, 05:11 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission announced on Monday that it will revisit a September decision which found Apple's products to not violate certain Samsung patents, with a final judgment that could lead to an injunction against the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


Samsung looks to HTC agreement to undermine Apple's litigation tactics

11/16/2012, 04:11 pm

In a court filing on Friday, Samsung entered a proposed motion to compel Apple to reveal the undisclosed particulars of its recent ten-year licensing deal with HTC, a move that could sway the court's decision in handing down a sales ban against Samsung's products.


Judge allows Apple and Samsung to add devices to patent suit

11/15/2012, 10:11 pm

In a Thursday order, U.S. Judge Paul S. Grewal granted requests from both Apple and Samsung to add additional products, like the companies' flagship Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 handsets, to a patent dispute scheduled to begin hearings in 2014.


Apple quietly acquiring former Nortel patents from Rockstar Consortium

11/15/2012, 09:11 pm

An announcement on Tuesday from a Korean property rights regulator revealed that Apple has taken control of 1,024 patents and patent applications from the Rockstar Consortium, a bidding group led by the Cupertino company that won an auction for a package of Nortel patents in 2011.


Apple looks to suppress noise created by iPhone 'vibrate' function

11/15/2012, 05:11 am

Apple is investigating ways to make the iPhone's "silent mode" truly silent by monitoring audible sound levels generated by a phone's vibrator and adjusting the mechanism if it becomes too loud.


Apple invention may one day replace 'pinch to zoom'

11/15/2012, 05:11 am

A new patent filing discovered on Thursday reveals Apple is looking into an automated zooming method that senses how close a person's face is to a device's display and scales the size of on-screen content accordingly, a technique that could one day enhance or even replace "pinch to zoom."


Apple wins design patents for page turning animation and iPad Smart Case

11/13/2012, 05:11 am

Among the multitude of patents Apple was awarded on Tuesday were two design properties for the page-turning animation seen in iOS apps like iBooks, and IP for the third-generation iPad's full-body case.


Apple wins patent for basic Time Machine functionality

11/13/2012, 05:11 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent outlining the basic idea and functionality of Time Machine, the backup storage feature that has been included in the company's Mac operating system since it was introduced with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in 2007.


Apple patent could bring polyphonic tuning to Logic Pro

11/13/2012, 05:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for polyphonic note detection, or the ability to parse out single pitches and tones from a plurality of voices, a technology that may make its way to an expected version of the company's Logic Pro music editing software.


Apple ordered to pay Samsung legal fees for 'misleading' UK notice

11/12/2012, 12:11 am

In a UK court ruling on Friday, Apple was ordered to pay Samsung's legal fees after the company was found to have not complied with a previous determination demanding a notice be posted to its website saying the South Korean company did not infringe on the iPad's design.


Apple and HTC settle all patent litigation, agree to 10-year licensing deal

11/10/2012, 10:11 pm

Apple announced on Saturday that it has reached a global settlement with HTC that includes the dismissal of all ongoing court litigation, and will participate in a ten-year license agreement that covers current and future patents held by both companies.