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Topic: patent

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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VirnetX sues Apple again after winning $368M patent trial verdict

11/10/2012, 12:11 am

Internet software and patent holding holding company VirnetX on Friday officially announced it is asserting four virtual private network patents, the same properties used to secure a $368 million award from Apple on Tuesday, against the Cupertino tech giant's latest products.

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New patent suit targets automatic screen orientation tech in iOS

11/09/2012, 09:11 pm

A U.S. federal judge on Friday handed down a ruling allowing non-practicing entity MobileMedia Ideas to move forward with a suit against Apple's alleged violating a screen rotation patent, and said it's up to a jury to decide whether the iOS solution is in infringement.

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Future Apple iPhones, iPads may have internal fans

11/08/2012, 05:11 am

It was revealed in a patent filing on Thursday that Apple is exploring the use of mechanical fans in portable devices, like the iPhone and iPad, to dissipate the heat made by increasingly powerful CPUs.

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Apple examining headphones that can double as loudspeakers

11/08/2012, 05:11 am

In a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple presented an invention for a "dual-mode headphone" that can transform from a normal set of earbuds to a more robust speaker system.

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Apple loses VirnetX patent trial, ordered to pay $368M

11/06/2012, 09:11 pm

In a late-night ruling from a federal jury in Texas on Tuesday, Apple was ordered to pay $368 million for violating a VPN patent owned by software company VirnetX.

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Apple looks to add Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, Google's Jelly Bean OS to lawsuit

11/06/2012, 04:11 pm

In a motion for leave to supplement its initial infringement allegations against Samsung, Apple argues that the Korean company's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet along with the Android 4.1 operating system, dubbed Jelly Bean, should be included in an ongoing patent infringement case.

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Apple tech can illuminate 'invisible' touch controls, displays

11/06/2012, 05:11 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an invention that creates microperforations in a device so small as be imperceptible to the naked eye, but large enough to allow the passage of light, that can be used in concert with multitouch technology to create invisible device controls.

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Apple's 'ionic wind generator' may one day replace mechanical computer fans

11/06/2012, 05:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a cooling system that blows ionized air through an electronic device, controlling its path by creating electromagnetic fields that can be dynamically adjusted to direct cooling where it's needed most.

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Apple's Phil Schiller to be questioned by Samsung in post-trial deposition

11/01/2012, 05:11 pm

In an order filed on Thursday, it was revealed that Samsung will be able to question Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller for up to three hours, with the deposition expected to cover matters associated with Apple's request to ban products a jury found to be in violation of its patents.

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Apple continues work on iDevice security with movement-based theft detection

11/01/2012, 05:11 am

A patent application discovered on Thursday for an accelerometer-based anti-theft system shows that Apple is actively researching ways to protect owners against having their expensive iDevices stolen.

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Apple awarded patent rights for original iOS Maps app GUI

10/30/2012, 06:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for the graphical user interface used in all versions of the iOS Maps app since the software was first introduced in iPhone OS 2.0 and the iPhone 3G in 2008.

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Apple sued over OS X Quick Look preview feature

10/26/2012, 02:10 am

Non-practicing entity WhitServe on Friday filed a complaint against Apple, claiming that the Quick Look function found in a number of OS X iterations infringes on its file viewing patent from 2011.

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Apple's universal connector invention looks to do away with adapters

10/25/2012, 07:10 am

In a patent application on Thursday, Apple laid out plans for a universal connector that bridges the gap between a number of data transfer protocols, thereby limiting the types of receptacles needed on a given device.

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