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Topic: patents

Apple exploring double-duty NFC, inductive charging coil for smartwatches, mobile phones

08/28/2014, 09:08 am

On the heels of a report suggesting that Apple's long-anticipated "iWatch" could be unveiled within the next two weeks, a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows that the company has continued to contemplate wireless charging solutions for just such a device.

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Apple wins patent for Steve Jobs-designed Fifth Ave glass cube

08/28/2014, 08:08 am

The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store glass cube, which was designed in part by legendary company co-founder Steve Jobs, is now a patented ornamental building design sanctioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Judge denies Apple injunction against Samsung devices in second California patent trial

08/27/2014, 05:08 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday handed down an order denying Apple's motion for a sales ban against Samsung products a jury found to have infringed on three patents in May.

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Apple patent embeds physical iPhone control, feedback components beneath flexible display

08/26/2014, 05:08 am

In a new patent discovered on Tuesday, Apple details a flexible mobile device screen that deforms to reveal buttons hidden beneath its surface, accepts sound and pressure input and provides haptic feedback.

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Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs detailed in new patent application

08/21/2014, 09:08 am

While a reversible "Type-A" USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.

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Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell, GPS reception

08/21/2014, 07:08 am

A pair of Apple patent applications discovered on Thursday describe a system that automatically determines when and where a user parks their car, and later directs them back to the vehicle without requiring a data connection or GPS signal.

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Judge denies Apple bid to recover attorneys' fees from Samsung, releases $2.6M bond related to Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban

08/20/2014, 09:08 pm

U.S. district Judge Lucy Koh handed down two orders on Wednesday dealing with the first Apple v. Samsung California court trial, one denying Apple's motion to recover $16 million in attorney fees from Samsung and another releasing a $2.6 million bond posted to block sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Apple reimagines the mouse with force sensors, haptic feedback

08/14/2014, 07:08 am

An Apple patent filing uncovered on Thursday describes an advanced mouse that employs sensors to measure the level and location of force exerted on its main button, as well as haptics systems for providing feedback.

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USPTO rejects claims of Apple patent asserted against Samsung in California trial

08/07/2014, 09:08 pm

The USPTO on Tuesday rejected multiple claims of Apple's '172 patent for autocompletion of text input, which the company successfully asserted in its second California court action against Samsung.

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Apple's future iPhones could hide FaceTime camera & flash inside earpiece grille

08/07/2014, 09:08 am

The clean and simple design of Apple's iconic iPhone could become even simpler, thanks to a new concept that describes concealing the FaceTime camera within the earpiece speaker slot, and even adding a camera flash module that would illuminate forward facing pictures.

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Apple details 'Siri for Mac' desktop virtual assistant in new patent application

08/07/2014, 07:08 am

While Apple's Siri has been an iOS staple since 2011, the tech has yet to make the jump to OS X. An exhaustive new patent filing, however, details a very similar desktop version of the virtual assistant that can perform dictation, high-level system commands and even act as a "third hand" for Mac users.

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Apple and Samsung agree to settle all non-US litigation

08/05/2014, 10:08 pm

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, Apple and Samsung said they have dropped all ongoing patent litigation outside of the U.S., a move that could save both companies millions of dollars in legal fees from protracted court proceedings.

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Apple awarded patent for magnetic power that could wirelessly energize keyboards & mice

08/05/2014, 12:08 pm

Apple on Tuesday was officially awarded a patent related to wireless, magnetic power systems that could one day in the future allow low-power devices like keyboards and mice to be powered over the air, without any physical contact or even battery necessary.

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Apple patents smart navigation routing with crowd-sourced stop light pattern recognition

07/29/2014, 07:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a smart travel route creation system that relies on real-time crowd-sourced stop sign and stop light-based traffic analysis to find the fastest path to a destination.

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Apple drops cross-appeal of final judgment in Samsung lawsuit, no longer seeks permanent injunction

07/28/2014, 05:07 pm

Apple on Monday filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to drop its cross-appeal of California Judge Lucy Koh's final judgment in its patent trial against Samsung, meaning the company will no longer seek a product ban in that case.

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Bose files lawsuit against Apple's Beats over noise canceling tech

07/25/2014, 02:07 pm

Two of the biggest names in premium headphones --Bose and soon-to-be-Apple's Beats -- are set to square off in court, with a new lawsuit filed on Friday by Bose alleging that Beats products infringe on its noise canceling patents.

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Apple concept would automatically enable iOS 'Do Not Disturb' mode during exercise

07/24/2014, 10:07 am

Apple is interested in dynamically adjusting iOS notifications based on a user's physical activity, such as silencing an iPhone or perhaps even a mythical "iWatch" when the user is exercising, or bugging them to get moving after an extended period of inactivity.

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Apple granted comprehensive 'iTime' smartwatch patent with in-strap circuitry, arm gesture support

07/22/2014, 03:07 am

In one of the clearest signs that Apple is -- and has been -- working on a smartwatch device, the Cupertino company was on Tuesday granted a patent for a wrist-worn wearable with augmented strap capabilities, support for arm and wrist gestures, advanced proximity-sensing circuitry and much more.

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Future iPhones may use behavior recognition and learning tools to protect against theft

07/17/2014, 05:07 am

An Apple invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office on Thursday describes a method by which an iPhone can set off an alert or automatically lock the device based on detected changes in user behavior.

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Trio of Apple sapphire-related inventions point to iOS device displays, illuminated buttons

07/10/2014, 05:07 am

Ahead of Apple's expected iPhone announcement this fall, the company has filed for three sapphire-related patents pointing to a handset with front cover and illuminated buttons crafted from the exotic material.

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