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Topic: patents

President Obama vetoes Samsung ban on Apple, Inc. iPhones, iPads

08/03/2013, 03:08 pm

Acting on behalf of the Obama administration, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced it would veto the ban on older iPhone and iPad models ordered by International Trade Commission.

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ITC delays ruling on possible Samsung product ban

08/01/2013, 06:08 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday filed an extension of its decision on whether Samsung infringed on certain Apple patents, a claim that could see a sales ban of products made by the South Korean tech giant.

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Apple's OLED display patent uses embedded sensors to adjust for shadows, diode age

08/01/2013, 05:08 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for an OLED display that uses built-in detectors to dynamically adjust output at select areas of the screen, compensating for ambient light fluctuations or aged diodes.

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Apple patent filing details iPhone-controlled car and home environments

08/01/2013, 05:08 am

In a patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple describes a system that can automatically customize a car's seat, steering wheel, and mirror positioning, as well as home climate control, based on information from a single device like an iPhone.

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Senators allude support for Presidential veto of imminent ITC iPhone and iPad ban

07/31/2013, 05:07 pm

Ahead of a U.S. International Trade Commission ban of older Apple iPhone and iPad models, a bipartisan cadre of senators has sent a cautionary letter to Trade Representative Michael Froman, who is responsible for the Presidential review of the ITC order.

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Apple patents three-sensor, three-lens iPhone camera for enhanced color photos

07/30/2013, 05:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a camera system that uses three separate sensors, one for luminance and two for chrominance, to generate images with both higher resolution and color accuracy.

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Apple and Motorola dismiss 14 patents from upcoming Florida suit

07/30/2013, 01:07 am

In a filing on Monday, Apple and Google's Motorola agreed to drop a combined 14 patents from a Florida case slated to go to trial in 2014, narrowing claims to a total of 8 patents-in-suit.

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Samsung gets a boost with USPTO's 'final' rejection of Apple's pinch-to-zoom patent

07/29/2013, 12:07 pm

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a "final" rejection of Apple's pinch-to-zoom patent, opening the door for chief rival Samsung to push back even more against its loss in last summer's $1.05 billion patent infringement verdict.

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Microsoft, Intel, Oracle & AT&T come to Apple's defense in looming iPhone 4 ban

07/29/2013, 08:07 am

High stakes in an impending iPhone 4 ban by the International Trade Commission have created some unlikely bedfellows, with a trade group representing Microsoft coming to the defense of rival Apple.

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Verizon asks Obama to intervene in Apple v. Samsung case, prevent impending iPhone ban

07/25/2013, 12:07 pm

Verizon's top lawyer penned an editorial this week asking President Barack Obama to prevent the U.S. International Trade Commission from barring the sales of some older iPhones.

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Apple invention uses location, usage patterns to save iPhone battery life

07/25/2013, 04:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for an intuitive mobile device control system that automatically powers down certain components depending on a user's location and habits, thus maximizing battery life.

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FTC, Google finalize antitrust settlement over Motorola's standard-essential patents

07/24/2013, 02:07 pm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with Google in which it will license standard-essential patents it obtained from Motorola under FRAND terms.

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Apple patent lets iPhone users share photos, music with on hold callers

07/23/2013, 05:07 am

An interesting patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes a method in which a first iPhone user can share stored content, like pictures or location data, with a second iPhone user that is put on hold during a call.

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Apple's dual-sensor imaging patent promises higher quality iPhone pictures

07/23/2013, 05:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for an imaging system that processes data from multiple sensors to detect and correct for various photographic anomalies, such as defective pixels, lens aberrations, and ineffective demosaicing, among others.

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Apple details in-display fingerprint sensor tech in patent filing from AuthenTec cofounder

07/18/2013, 04:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published one of the first AuthenTec patent applications assigned to Apple, with the property describing an advanced method of fingerprint identification that can be embedded into a mobile device's display.

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Patent reveals Apple's process for mass producing Liquidmetal alloy

07/17/2013, 01:07 pm

While Apple has yet to employ the unique amorphous alloy known as Liquidmetal in any of its products in a meaningful way, a newly granted patent details a way to mass produce the material in thin sheets.

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Apple granted patent for multitouch-enabled virtual CAD tools

07/16/2013, 04:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for an app and GUI pertaining to multitouch virtual drafting tools, like rulers and protractors, which can be applied to portable devices like the iPad.

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Apple looks to patent hybrid input device that uses motion, touch for next-level control

07/11/2013, 04:07 am

In a patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple details a hybrid input peripheral that boasts built-in inertial sensors and an external touchpad, affording users a large range of motion and fine-tuned control with one device.

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Apple files for stay on ITC ban for legacy iPhones and iPads

07/09/2013, 09:07 pm

In a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday, Apple requested the body stay an import ban against older model iPhones and iPads while a court considers an appeal on the ruling.

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Apple's safe automotive telematics patent mates touchscreen with tactile controls

07/09/2013, 04:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a touchscreen-based telematics system that incorporates embedded controls, such as knobs, sliders, and switches, with a tactile display to give driver's feedback so they can keep their eyes on the road.

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