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Topic: patents

Apple investigating devices with 'pressable' flexible displays

05/30/2013, 05:05 am

The US Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application that could lead to devices that use flexible displays which users can depress as a mode of input, adding another dimension to UI interaction.

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Apple renews interest in 'gaze detection,' possible response to Samsung's 'Smart Scroll'

05/30/2013, 03:05 am

A patent application discovered on Thursday reveals Apple is once again looking into so-called "gaze detection" eye-tracking technology for its iOS device lineup, possibly in response to Samsung's latest Galaxy S4 smartphone, which boasts a similar feature dubbed "Smart Scroll."

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ITC to review split decision in Apple v. Samsung patent case

05/29/2013, 12:05 pm

Ahead of an expected final decision in the coming months, the International Trade Commission will take another look at a decision by one of its judges that found Samsung had infringed one Apple patent but not another.

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US Federal Circuit sets the stage for Apple to win injunction against Samsung

05/28/2013, 01:05 pm

Apple is likely to win a permanent injunction against infringing Samsung products, thanks to a decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Apple patent automatically adjusts iPhone speaker volume based on proximity

05/28/2013, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a system that leverages the iPhone's various sensors to seamlessly increase and decrease volume, as well as switch between the device's multiple speakers, depending on how far away the handset is from a user.

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Google's Motorola issues second appeal of dismissed ITC case against Apple

05/24/2013, 07:05 pm

Motorola has given notice to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that it will be contesting the International Trade Commission's dismissal of a case against Apple, the second time the now Google-owned company has filed an appeal tied to that investigation.

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Apple granted patents on push-to-talk, double-sided touch panel

05/23/2013, 10:05 am

This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published 26 newly granted patents for Apple, and among them were the Cupertino company's take on a push-to-talk feature and a double-sided touch-sensitive panel, both of which could possibly appear in future iPhones.

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Apple invention adjusts audio based on a display's orientation, user positioning

05/23/2013, 05:05 am

A patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is actively researching methods to ensure a video's multi-channel audio is always played back correctly, no matter how a user holds the device.

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Apple investigating advanced AirPlay system with device-specific UIs

05/23/2013, 04:05 am

An Apple invention filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes a method in which a single app provides multiple user interfaces that can be modified according to the type of device being used as a display.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 & Google Now accused of violating Apple patents for Siri

05/22/2013, 10:05 am

In its ongoing litigation against Samsung, Apple has added five new patents to its claims, targeting both the company's new flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, as well as the Google Now service for Android.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says America's IP environment needs more work

05/21/2013, 02:05 pm

In the midst of a larger discussion with U.S. senators on international corporate taxes, Apple CEO Tim Cook took an aside to discuss another area of regulation where the iPhone maker would like to see changes: the United States' intellectual property protection environment.

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Apple's iPhone e-wallet concept suggests payment options based on context

05/16/2013, 10:05 am

An iPhone-driven e-wallet service from Apple could simplify checking out at the store by presenting users with options based on data such as their location, current balance, or applicable rewards cards.

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Apple's 'social camera flash' connects multiple iPhones, iPads to light a scene

05/16/2013, 04:05 am

An Apple patent filing discovered on Thursday describes a system in which a primary iOS device, such as an iPhone, remotely controls multiple secondary devices, which can also be iPhones, as slave flashes for the first handset's on-board camera.

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Apple patent lets users control a device with taps, thumps and scratches

05/14/2013, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for an audio-based input system in which various noises made on a laptop's chassis are translated into actions, basically turning the computer into one large input device.

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Apple wins utility patent for MacBook's trackpad design

05/14/2013, 05:05 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a utility patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covering the glass-on-metal trackpad seen across the company's laptop lineup, with the award coming almost four months after the design rights were garnered for the same invention.

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Judge orders Google to hand over search documents in Samsung patent case

05/09/2013, 06:05 pm

Google on Thursday was ordered to acquiesce to Apple's request for information regarding what methods the search giant is using to sift through internal documents related to Android, with the resulting data being part of a second U.S. patent infringement suit against Samsung.

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Apple's Lightning connector detailed in extensive new patent filings

05/09/2013, 06:05 am

A trio of Apple patent applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals the intricacies of the company's latest input/output protocol for iOS devices: the Lightning connector.

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Smartphone companies, including Apple, have little to show for patent litigation

05/07/2013, 10:05 am

An all-out patent litigation war between the biggest players in the smartphone industry, including Apple, Samsung, Motorola and Microsoft, has yielded very little for all parties involved.

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Apple's smart audio splitter lets multiple users view content on a single device

05/07/2013, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday published an Apple patent describing an accessory akin to an advanced headphone splitter, which allows for independent volume changes, media controls and communication via an inline mic.

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EU rules Google's Motorola abused patents in seeking injunction against Apple

05/06/2013, 08:05 am

In a preliminary ruling, the European Commission has determined that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its dominance in mobile patents when it sought an injunction against Apple's iPhone in Germany.

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