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Topic: patents

iPhone IP Wars: Apple & the thorny issues of patent protection

10/12/2013, 05:10 pm

In 2007 Apple introduced iPhone, emphasizing that virtually every significant aspect of its entirely new experience and industrial design was protected by patents. So far, however, the U.S. patent system has provided inconsistent protections for Apple inventions, while at the same time supporting dubious patent monetization schemes brought against the company.

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Apple patent application shows off space-saving, magnetically-secured SIM tray

10/10/2013, 07:10 pm

A new patent application from Apple reveals that the company is working on mechanisms that will eliminate the need for a SIM ejector tool and its resulting internal hardware, potentially allowing the iPhone maker to build future handsets with even slimmer form factors.

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White House declines to stop ban on Samsung products in Apple patent case

10/08/2013, 10:10 am

The White House on Tuesday declined to intervene and prevent a ban on the sale of certain Samsung products accused of infringing on Apple patents.

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Product ban looms for Samsung in patent spat with Apple

10/07/2013, 01:10 pm

An ITC import ban on some older models of Samsung smartphones will go into effect at 12 a.m. Eastern on Oct. 8, unless the Obama administration vetoes the action as it did for Apple.

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Apple investigating advanced velocity-sensitive touch input methods

10/03/2013, 02:10 pm

Apple's touchscreens can measure not only where you tap, but also how hard you tap and that velocity sensing functionality may become even more advanced in the future, a new patent application reveals.

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Apple successfully patents Shanghai Apple Store's glass cylinder entryway

10/01/2013, 05:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's patent for the design and construction of the massive glass cylinder building that serves as the entrance to its Apple Store in Shanghai.

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Apple tech lets fans collect digital autographs on ebooks, movies and music albums

09/26/2013, 05:09 am

A peculiar Apple invention landed on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's desk on Thursday, describing a method in which an author or artist can digitally autograph a fan's ebook or other digital media using a special app.

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Apple experimenting with multitouch swipe gestures for keyboard in iOS

09/24/2013, 04:09 am

Since iOS debuted in 2007 with the iPhone, Apple has been reluctant to incorporate specialized gestures for the platform's virtual keyboard, but a newly awarded patent reveals such functionality may be incorporated in a future version of the operating system.

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Future iPhones could use 'life events' to manage hardware, software settings

09/17/2013, 06:09 am

Apple is looking into technology that would allow an iPhone to detect events in a user's everyday life, like going to church or changes in weather, and automatically reconfigure hardware and software settings to fit the situation.

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Apple looks to geolocation for enhanced speech recognition

09/12/2013, 08:09 am

As Siri virtual assistant stands to gain hordes of new users around the world with the iPhone 5s and 5c, Apple is looking to improve accurate voice recognition through geolocation and localized language models.

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Apple filing hints that sapphire may play larger role in future iOS devices

09/12/2013, 06:09 am

Apple may be looking to expand the use of sapphire in its iOS lineup, as a new company filing points to larger applications than covers for fingerprint sensors and camera covers, like entire device displays.

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Apple, Motorola argue for reopening of dismissed patent suit

09/11/2013, 04:09 pm

Apple and Motorola were back in court again on Wednesday, arguing before the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as to whether the two company's patent dispute should be reopened again for retrial.

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Apple granted patent on accelerometer-based anti-theft system

09/11/2013, 02:09 pm

Apple this week secured a patent that described an accelerometer-based anti-theft system, meaning that future iPhones and iPads may very well be able to sound the alarm if a thief tries to run off with them.

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Apple tech uses specific gestures to unlock apps, device functions

09/03/2013, 04:09 am

A future version of iOS may feature a unique security method that recognizes different gesture inputs to open specific sets of apps, allowing for greater control over user access.

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Apple working on iPhone video feature that automatically switches cameras during a FaceTime calls

08/29/2013, 07:08 am

A newly published patent application from Apple outlines teleconferencing and video capture technology that would process video from an iPhone's front and rear cameras simultaneously, and automatically determine which feed to stream based on voice or visual cues.

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Apple researching display tech that can independently adjust appearance of UI elements

08/29/2013, 07:08 am

A patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is looking into a display adjustment system that can selectively change the appearance of multiple UI elements, a departure from the current global-only settings seen today.

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Patent 'trolls' hit Apple with 171 lawsuits in last 5 years

08/28/2013, 09:08 am

After being hit with 171 lawsuits from non-practicing intellectual property owning entities in the last five years, Apple has further solidified its place as the No. 1 target for so-called patent "trolls."

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Apple's 'silent disco' patent lets iOS device users hold distributed, private concerts

08/27/2013, 05:08 am

A somewhat offbeat patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday describes a method of providing iOS users with a 'silent disco' experience, where musical characteristics sampled from a roving DJ's track trigger playback of similar tunes on a local device.

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Apple looking to turn the iPhone into an intelligent universal media, 'smart home' remote control

08/27/2013, 04:08 am

An Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a method in which a portable device, like the iPhone, can save, manage and recall entertainment and "smart home" system settings, called "scenes."

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Judge denies Samsung a retrial over contentious Apple 'rubber-banding' patent

08/23/2013, 09:08 am

Judge Lucy Koh handed down a ruling on Thursday denying Samsung's motion to retry a high-profile patent case between the two rivals based on changes to the scope of Apple's so-called "rubber-banding" scrolling patent.

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