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Topic: patents

Apple investigating 'active fluids' for wearable displays, connectors, sensors and more

09/22/2016, 05:09 am

Apple in a patent application published on Thursday describes a versatile technology that applies optically transparent shells filled with conductive fluid -- transparent, opaque or state-changing -- as flexible interconnects, interactive displays and windows for environmental or biometric sensors, among other implementations.

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Apple patents Apple Watch Series 2 water expulsion tech, smart straps

09/20/2016, 04:09 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a pair of patents relating to current and potential future Apple Watch hardware applications, one of which details the unique liquid expulsion via speaker feature debuted with Apple Watch Series 2.

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Patent holder Acacia wins $22.1M judgement against Apple

09/16/2016, 01:09 pm

A federal jury has ruled in favor of Acacia Research, awarding a subsidiary of the patent licensing firm $22.1 million in damages from Apple for the latter's violation of a cellular networking patent.

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Samsung says Apple's Supreme Court position could encourage abuse of patent system

09/01/2016, 03:09 pm

Preparing for its upcoming battle with Apple at the U.S. Supreme Court, Samsung this week submitted a written argument suggesting that Apple's position could open the door to deep abuses of the American patent system.

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New Apple patent would allow touch-sensing surfaces made using Liquidmetal tech

08/30/2016, 12:08 pm

An Apple patent published on Tuesday could potentially be applied to building touch-sensing surfaces, including screens, using material concepts first developed by Liquidmetal Technology.

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Future iPhones might collect fingerprints, photos of thieves

08/25/2016, 04:08 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes a method of storing an unauthorized user's biometric information, which can help strengthen security management or assist in device recovery and criminal prosecution in the case of a theft.

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Apple-licensed iPod navigation patent invalidated by US regulatory agency

08/23/2016, 09:08 am

A patent that Creative Technologies used in the beginning of the century against the iPod forcing a $100 million payout by Apple has been invalidated, saving the rest of the smartphone industry from costly settlements and protracted legal battles.

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Apple patent details visual-based AR navigation, confirms Flyby Media acquisition

08/23/2016, 02:08 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a method of device localization -- mapping -- using computer vision and inertial measurement sensors, one of the first inventions to be reassigned from this year's acquisition of augmented reality startup Flyby Media.

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Apple awarded pair of 3D user interface patents related to computer vision

08/16/2016, 02:08 pm

A pair of newly awarded patents could hint at new ways of interacting with Apple devices, potentially using 3D motion and space to interact with a Mac or iOS device.

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Judge says 'common sense' not enough to invalidate patent in Arendi v. Apple & Google

08/10/2016, 02:08 pm

Judges cannot invoke "common sense" when considering the validity of a patent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on Wednesday, impacting a case pitting Arendi S.A.R.L. against Apple and Google.

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Apple patent filing shows future potential of Touch ID not tied to a button

07/28/2016, 03:07 pm

A patent filing made public today stems directly from the Apple purchase of biometric company AuthenTec, and could lead to future iPhones and iPads using part or all of the touchscreen to act a Touch ID sensor.

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Apple wins patent on tech hinting at Apple Pencil use for Mac

07/26/2016, 09:07 am

Apple on Tuesday won the U.S. patent rights to a stylus concept that could pave the way for using an Apple Pencil with Macs, whether on Force Touch trackpads or otherwise.

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Apple invention could lead to glasses-free 3D on mobile devices

07/21/2016, 09:07 am

An Apple patent application published early on Thursday could theoretically set the stage for iPhones and other devices with "autostereoscopic" displays, simulating 3D without the need for special glasses.

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New Apple invention would allow for complex, multi-axis haptic feedback

07/19/2016, 09:07 am

An Apple patent published on Tuesday suggests interest in a haptic feedback motor that could vibrate in different directions, depending on a device's orientation.

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Apple shows interest in expanding True Tone color accuracy beyond the 9.7" iPad Pro

06/23/2016, 11:06 am

While True Tone technology is currently exclusive to Apple's latest flagship iPad, a new patent application signals it has interest in expanding the color management capabilities to other devices, potentially ranging from as small as an Apple Watch to as large as an iMac.

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Apple invents stylus with touch-sensitive body, ambidextrous 'Reachability' UI for iOS

06/23/2016, 05:06 am

A pair of Apple patent applications published Thursday indicate research into alternative input methods for iOS, namely a touch sensitive stylus and a device capable of customizing a user interface based on whether a user is holding it in their left or right hand.

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Chinese firm that had iPhone 6 sales suspended in Beijing 'barely exists,' investigation finds

06/22/2016, 02:06 pm

Shenzhen Baili -- the company that recently won a Chinese patent ruling over the iPhone 6 -- is now a shadow of its former self, a report said on Wednesday.

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Chinese bureau finds Apple copying smartphone patents with iPhone 6 design

06/17/2016, 09:06 am

The design of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is too similar to the 100C phone by Shenzhen Baili, and violates that company's patents, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office ruled on Friday.

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Apple's dual-layer LCD technology promises high-contrast, lifelike HDR images

06/16/2016, 06:06 am

Apple in a patent application published on Thursday details a method of reducing image artifacts in high dynamic range (HDR) dual-layer LCDs, technology that could theoretically boost a typical display's contrast ratio to 1,000,000 to 1.

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Apple wins patents for transparent AR device, device with wrap-around display

06/14/2016, 04:06 am

Apple on Tuesday won a pair of patents relating to advanced mobile devices including a property covering transparent augmented reality devices and IP detailing a mobile electronic device with flexible wrap-around display.

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