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Topic: patent

Apple's 'microslot antennas' are invisible to the naked eye, could see use in future iPhones

02/12/2013, 05:02 am

Apple on Tuesday won the patent rights to "microslot antenna" technology that allows micron-wide antenna assets to be integrated into the housing of a portable device, such as an iPhone, making them nearly invisible to the human eye.

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Apple patents more accurate content download progress bar

02/12/2013, 05:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a web browser user interface asset that monitors download, rendering and output to display a more accurate representation of the classic data progress bar.

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Samsung exec calls legal battle with Apple 'a loss' for innovation

02/11/2013, 09:02 pm

During a panel at the D: Dive Into Media conference on Monday, Samsung Executive Vice President David Eun outlined a bold initiative to drive innovative thinking at the intersection of hardware and software, and said the ongoing litigation with Apple is hurting such efforts as a whole.

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Apple awarded design patents for slide-to-unlock and original iPhone design

02/05/2013, 05:02 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple patent numbers D675,639 and D675,612, respectively covering the much-disputed slide-to-unlock user interface asset and design for the original iPhone.

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Apple's solar cell multitouch panels may harvest energy for future iPhones

02/05/2013, 09:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for an invention that integrates a touch sensor array with a solar panel, allowing for portable device to be both power-efficient and compact.

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Apple wins exhaustive fourth-generation iPod shuffle patent

02/05/2013, 08:02 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded an extremely in-depth patent for the component design and manufacture of the smallest iPod in the company's current lineup, the iPod shuffle.

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Apple's laser-powered 'depth perception' system can be used for virtual keyboard, camera autofocus

01/31/2013, 05:01 am

A patent application discovered on Thursday reveals Apple is looking into a system that combines lasers with image sensors to measure both the distance to an object and its depth, allowing for the creation of new virtual device input and camera autofocus technologies.

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Apple invention automatically adjusts A/V settings based on user positioning and environment

01/31/2013, 05:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a system that dynamically changes audio and video settings based on where a user is located in relation to the source device, thus allowing for the best viewing or listening experience.

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Judge denies Samsung bid to invalidate Apple patents over indefiniteness [u]

01/29/2013, 10:01 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday entered a ruling that found neither an Apple utility patent nor four design patents are invalid due to indefiniteness.

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Samsung did not willfully infringe on Apple's patents, U.S. judge says [u]

01/29/2013, 09:01 pm

Apple v. Samsung Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday handed down some of the first rulings in the case's post-trial proceedings, granting an Apple motion to invalidate certain claims of a Samsung patent but denying five others, including a request for a new trial stemming from a contention that the Korean company willfully infringed on Apple's patents.

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Samsung asks judge dismiss Apple's appeal of Japanese court ruling

01/29/2013, 01:01 am

Samsung on Monday asked a Japanese court judge to conclude a patent infringement suit with Apple for which the Korean company won a favorable ruling in August, seeking to end the case without hearing an appeal from the Cupertino tech giant's lawyers.

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Samsung tries to get peek at iOS source code in Korean patent suit

01/25/2013, 07:01 pm

In a request to the Seoul Central District Court on Friday, Samsung asked to see the source code for Apple's latest iOS, claiming that it needed access to the extremely sensitive data to confirm that the operating system infringes on a software patent.

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ITC to review decision that held Samsung in violation of four Apple patents

01/24/2013, 07:01 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission announced on Wednesday that it will be reviewing an administrative law judge's initial determination that found Samsung to have violated a number of Apple patents.

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Apple's "smart shoes" notify users when they need replacing

01/24/2013, 05:01 am

An interesting Apple patent application discovered on Thursday describes a sensor and alarm system that can be embedded into footwear, granting users a more empirical method on which to rely when deciding to replace worn-out shoes.

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U.S. court denies Samsung request for documents to be used against Apple in Japan suit

01/23/2013, 11:01 pm

California court Judge Paul S. Grewal on Wednesday handed down a ruling denying Samsung's request for documents from the Apple v. Samsung patent trial, which the company planned to use as proof-gathering in a separate patent case currently underway in Japan.

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Apple awarded patent for iOS 'loupe' on-screen content magnification

01/22/2013, 05:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple rights to a variation of the content magnification system used in iOS, a common tool many iPhone, iPad and iPod owners utilize on a daily basis to enlarge graphical assets.

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Apple invention adjusts display brightness according to on-screen content

01/22/2013, 05:01 am

A patent discovered on Tuesday outlines a system in which displays like the iPhone and iPad's Retina panels are automatically dimmed based on what type of content is showing on screen, allowing for portable devices to conserve precious energy.

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Judge agrees to add newly released Apple and Samsung devices to upcoming trial

01/16/2013, 08:01 pm

A California federal judge on Wendesday agreed with additional stipulations filed jointly by Apple and Samsung in which each party sought to supplement its case in an upcoming trial slated to begin in 2014.

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Samsung files against CAFC review of decision reversing Galaxy Nexus injunction

01/14/2013, 04:01 pm

Late last week, Samsung filed a document with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit outlining why Apple should not be allowed a full panel review of a previous court denial to block sales of the Galaxy Nexus.

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DoJ, U.S. Patent Office say sales bans from SEP suits should be a rarity

01/09/2013, 02:01 am

In a joint policy statement issued late Tuesday, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said companies that own so-called standard-essential patents should rarely be allowed to garner sales bans due to infringement findings.

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