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Topic: patents

Apple's 'slide to unlock' patent invalidated by German court

04/04/2013, 06:04 pm

As part of an ongoing German patent struggle, Motorola on Thursday won a ruling from the country's Federal Patent Court, which said found all claims of Apple's "slide to unlock" user interface property invalid, though the decision can be appealed.

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Apple investigating 'convertible' computer system with wireless charging

04/04/2013, 05:04 am

A patent filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple may be looking to build a so-called "convertible" computer, which features a base station and separate wireless display that features wireless power transmission technology.

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Apple's improvements to pedometer accuracy hint at possible health accessory

04/04/2013, 05:04 am

Three filings published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveal Apple is working to improve the accuracy of pedometer readings when implemented in mobile devices, hinting that the company may be planning an entrance into the health accessory industry.

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Patent filing suggests Apple is working on 'Street View' mapping technology

04/04/2013, 05:04 am

An Apple patent application discovered on Thursday hints that the company is looking to deploy on mobile devices a virtual navigation system based on panoramic location data, much like the popular "Street View" seen in Google Maps.

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Apple's call waiting system displays customizable contextual information when on hold

04/02/2013, 05:04 am

A patent granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes an automated system in which an on-hold caller is shown adaptive information, like events in a user's calendar, based on contextual data taken from the phone call.

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Apple's intelligent security system can tell intruders apart from mistyped passwords

04/02/2013, 05:04 am

An Apple patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a technique of determining with acceptable accuracy whether an incorrectly entered credential, such as a password, was the result of a mistake or a legitimate threat to a secure network.

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Key claim in Apple's 'rubber-banding' patent still found invalid in final Patent Office action

04/02/2013, 01:04 am

In a statement filed by Samsung to the Apple v. Samsung court on Monday, the Korean company noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled claim 19 of Apple's "rubber-banding" patent was invalid in a final Office action, a finding that could change the direction of the post-trial proceedings.

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Apple's ceramic device housing could be used in low-cost iPhone

03/28/2013, 06:03 am

Apple is again expressing interest in ceramic device enclosures, this time looking at a unibody type design fabricated from layers of the substrate in a technique somewhat akin to those used in laying up fiberglass, a material which one analyst believes will be used in a rumored low-cost iPhone.

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Apple looking into futuristic iPhone with wrap-around display and seamless glass housing

03/28/2013, 04:03 am

In a patent filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple describes a futuristic portable device complete with wrap-around AMOLED display, all-glass construction and face tracking.

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Apple points out possible $85M court error in order vacating Samsung damages

03/27/2013, 01:03 am

In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple claims Judge Lucy Koh made an error in vacating part of the $1.02 billion in damages awarded by the Apple v. Samsung trial jury, noting that two of Samsung's products look to be subject to the verdict.

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Apple patents 'no look' multitouch user interface for portable devices

03/26/2013, 04:03 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a device control mode in which a user can interact with a multitouch display even when no content is being shown on screen, thereby saving battery life when a GUI is not needed.

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Apple's reissued pen computer patent adds cellular connectivity, could hint at future mobile device

03/26/2013, 04:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday reissued Apple a patent for a mobile computer encased in a pen, adding cellular and GPS capabilities to the invention first filed for internationally in 1998.

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Samsung hopes new jury trial with Apple will nullify patent infringement of 14 products

03/21/2013, 09:03 am

With 40 percent of the billion-dollar patent infringement verdict against it put on hold, Samsung is now asking for the court to appoint a new jury to determine whether 14 of its products infringed Apple's products at all a move that could lead to a lower overall monetary judgment.

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Apple looks to protect dropped iPhones by shifting their orientation mid-flight

03/21/2013, 05:03 am

An Apple invention discovered on Thursday describes a system that could potentially save the most fragile components of an iPhone, such as the glass screen, by detecting when a device is falling and shifting the handset's center of mass to control its landing.

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Sony, Phillips backed Intertrust sues Apple for alleged patent infringement

03/20/2013, 03:03 pm

Intertrust Technologies, a company owned almost entirely by Sony and Philips, has filed suit against Apple, claiming that the iPhone maker has violated 15 Intertrust patents with the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple's Mac line of computers.

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Foreign governments getting into profitable US 'patent troll' business

03/20/2013, 09:03 am

So-called "patent trolls" can earn millions of dollars by being a costly thorn in the side of companies like Apple. Now, the governments of countries including South Korea and France have shown interest in getting into that business to protect domestic firms, and also potentially make money.

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Apple's patent for a remote collaboration system uses digital pens and 'large digital surfaces'

03/19/2013, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent that improves on large displays, like Microsoft's original Surface project, by adding digital pens and the internet, to give users a powerful, cost-effective collaboration tool that can be used to hold interactive meetings almost anywhere.

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Apple's interactive augmented reality system identifies real-world objects, allows screen sharing

03/19/2013, 05:03 am

Apple on Tuesday won a patent for an augmented reality (AR) system that can identify objects in a live video stream and present information corresponding to said objects through a computer generated information layer overlaid on top of the real-world image.

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Apple sued by THX for allegedly misusing patented speaker tech in iPhone, iPad and iMac

03/16/2013, 12:03 am

THX, the sound innovation company founded by George Lucas, filed suit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, claiming that various models of the iPhone, iPad and iMac product lineups infringe on a single speaker patent for a "narrow profile speaker."

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Google calls Apple 'unwilling licensee' in bid for injunction over FRAND patent violations

03/15/2013, 07:03 pm

Google and Motorola on Thursday entered an initial filing with the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals over the dismissal of a patent suit against Apple, which saw a circuit court judge toss arguments from both parties in 2011.

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