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Topic: patents

Jury rules Apple's iPhone infringes on three MobileMedia patents [u]

12/13/2012, 11:12 am

A U.S. District Court has ruled that Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents owned by non-practicing entity MobileMedia Ideas a company jointly owned in part by smartphone makers Sony and Nokia [updated]

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Apple's smart call waiting system automatically puts incoming calls on hold, supports voice to text

12/13/2012, 05:12 am

A filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday revealed Apple's invention for an intelligent call waiting system that uses contextual clues to play back pre-defined "please hold" messages or translate voice mails into text.

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Apple invention uses 'faceprints' to identify people, objects

12/13/2012, 05:12 am

In a patent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple outlined a system that analyzes the characteristics of an image's subject and uses the data to create a "faceprint," which can then be matched with other photos to determine a person's identity.

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Apple granted design patents for iPhone 4/4S and iCloud icon

12/11/2012, 05:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple the design rights for the iPhone 4 and 4S as well as the distinctive cloud icon used to represent the iCloud service in iOS and OS X.

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Apple patents method for intelligent caller ID image selection

12/11/2012, 05:12 am

Apple has won a patent for the method in which pictures are assigned to incoming calls, offering a twist to the common feature seen on most cellular devices since the introduction of the camera phone.

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Apple and Google reportedly partners in $500M bid for Kodak patents

12/07/2012, 11:12 pm

Despite ongoing legal struggles with Google subsidiary Motorola, Apple has reportedly teamed up with the internet search giant to offer a bid for Kodak patents worth over $500 million.

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USPTO invalidates all claims of 'Steve Jobs' multi-touch patent

12/07/2012, 04:12 pm

A decision published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday saw an Apple patent, co-invented by late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, covering multi-touch functionality have all 20 of its claims invalidated after the property was reexamined.

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Apple and Samsung meet in first major post-trial hearing following $1.05B jury verdict

12/06/2012, 08:12 pm

The Apple v. Samsung post-trial proceedings kicked off on Thursday when both parties met in Judge Lucy Koh's courtroom to discuss various motions, with Apple looking to garner additional damages while Samsung seeks a reduction of damages and a possible retrial.

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Apple's smart to-do list uses context to create and trigger tasks

12/06/2012, 06:12 am

An Apple patent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals an intelligent task management system that uses context clues like location, time and natural language processing in the cloud to create and organize "smart" to-do lists.

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Redacted version of Apple-HTC settlement reveals licensed patents, little else

12/06/2012, 01:12 am

A heavily redacted version of Apple's patent licensing agreement with HTC, made public on Wednesday as part of the Apple v. Samsung jury trial, reveals a bit more information about the properties covered as part of the ten-year deal.

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FTC: Motorola bid for Apple product injunction 'inappropriate'

12/05/2012, 07:12 pm

In an amicus curiae brief filed on Wednesday in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission offered its take on the proper use of so-called standard-essential patents (SEPs) in litigation, saying that a previous district court decision to deny a Motorola injunction of certain Apple products was correct.

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Apple wins patents for iPhone & iPad designs by Steve Jobs & Jony Ive

12/04/2012, 12:12 pm

Apple on Tuesday secured ownership of a number of key design-related patents covering the iPhone 4, credited in part to Steve Jobs, as well as the L-shaped MagSafe charging connector, and the iPad with Smart Cover.

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Patents in Apple-HTC settlement must remain unsealed, judge says

12/03/2012, 09:12 pm

In a late Monday ruling, Apple v. Samsung Judge Lucy Koh said that the patents Apple and HTC are cross-licensing as part of a ten-year deal will not remain sealed, indicating that the public will be privy to the sensitive information.

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ITC staff agrees with judge's finding of Samsung infringement of Apple patents

11/29/2012, 06:11 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission's Office of Unfair Import Investigation, otherwise known as "ITC staff," issued a filing in support of a preliminary finding from an administrative law judge that held Samsung in violation of four Apple patents.

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Apple investigating 'realistic' wireless charging technology

11/29/2012, 09:11 am

A new patent application reveals Apple's interest in a "realistic and practical approach" to wireless power, providing over-the-air electricity to low-power devices within a distance of one meter.

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Apple wins ban on Samsung Galaxy devices in Netherlands

11/28/2012, 10:11 am

Sales of some of Samsung's Galaxy-branded products have been banned by a court in the Netherlands for infringing on patents owned by Apple.

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Apple and LG accused of infringing Alcatel-Lucent patents in U.S. trial

11/27/2012, 07:11 am

A California court trial involving patent infringement allegations against co-defendants Apple and LG Electronics began on Tuesday, with Alcatel-Lucent's Multimedia Patent Trust asserting the two electronics makers violated video compression technology used in a number of devices.

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Apple wins patent rights to OS X 'widgets' and dashboard

11/27/2012, 06:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for the so-called "widgets" dashboard, which holds a number of mini applications built on web languages CSS, HTML and JavaScript, first seen in OS X 10.4 Tiger in 2005.

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Apple patents Siri microphone icon

11/27/2012, 05:11 am

After over a year of examination, Apple was awarded the design rights for Siri's microphone icon seen by iPhone and iPad users since the virtual assistant was first introduced in 2011.

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Apple adds six Samsung products to Galaxy Nexus dispute

11/24/2012, 07:11 pm

In a court filing on Friday, Apple asked a federal judge to add six Samsung products, including the Galaxy S III running Android 4.1, to an upcoming infringement lawsuit, with each party asserting a number of utility patents against the other.

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