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Topic: patent

Apple's virtual input tool patent could bring next-level UI interactivity to OS X

04/23/2013, 05:04 am

An Apple patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a system in which a "virtual input," such as a trackpad, is recreated onscreen with various interactive objects, allowing users to quickly navigate programs and documents.


Apple granted patent for iOS app folders and 'jiggle mode' UI

04/16/2013, 05:04 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent for the implementation of app folders in iOS, including the signature icon "jiggle mode" users see when reconfiguring the user interface.


Apple hit with patent suit over simultaneous voice and data, Wi-Fi tech

04/12/2013, 06:04 pm

Apple is once again being taken to court for alleged patent infringement, as non-practicing entity Wyncomm claims the iPhone and iPad are in violation of a 16-year old AT&T patent pertaining to simultaneous voice and data transmission.


Apple researching advanced hybrid fiber optic connectors for iOS devices

04/11/2013, 06:04 am

A pair of patent filings discovered on Thursday reveals Apple may be looking into the deployment of fiber optic systems for iOS devices, as the applications describe an advanced cable and docking system that mates with laser-equipped portable electronic devices.


Apple patents offline iTunes purchases using per-device 'credit' system

04/09/2013, 06:04 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for an offline purchasing system that would allow iTunes users to buy music, movies and other media when not connected to the internet.


Apple patents proximity-based system that automatically triggers media transfers from an iPhone to a Mac

04/09/2013, 05:04 am

An Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a portable media carrier that can transfer files and documents to a computer, or any recipient device with a display, after said computer senses the device is near.


Samsung sought ITC ban would be limited to older iPhones and iPads, company admits

04/05/2013, 05:04 pm

In a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission, Samsung confirmed that its declared standard essential wireless patents only apply to older iOS devices due to hardware changes in more recent versions, meaning that a proposed ban on the products would be somewhat limited if enforced.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.