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Topic: patent

Future Apple iPhones, iPads may have internal fans

11/08/2012, 05:11 am

It was revealed in a patent filing on Thursday that Apple is exploring the use of mechanical fans in portable devices, like the iPhone and iPad, to dissipate the heat made by increasingly powerful CPUs.

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Apple examining headphones that can double as loudspeakers

11/08/2012, 05:11 am

In a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple presented an invention for a "dual-mode headphone" that can transform from a normal set of earbuds to a more robust speaker system.

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Apple loses VirnetX patent trial, ordered to pay $368M

11/06/2012, 09:11 pm

In a late-night ruling from a federal jury in Texas on Tuesday, Apple was ordered to pay $368 million for violating a VPN patent owned by software company VirnetX.

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Apple looks to add Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, Google's Jelly Bean OS to lawsuit

11/06/2012, 04:11 pm

In a motion for leave to supplement its initial infringement allegations against Samsung, Apple argues that the Korean company's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet along with the Android 4.1 operating system, dubbed Jelly Bean, should be included in an ongoing patent infringement case.

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Apple tech can illuminate 'invisible' touch controls, displays

11/06/2012, 05:11 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an invention that creates microperforations in a device so small as be imperceptible to the naked eye, but large enough to allow the passage of light, that can be used in concert with multitouch technology to create invisible device controls.

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Apple's 'ionic wind generator' may one day replace mechanical computer fans

11/06/2012, 05:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a cooling system that blows ionized air through an electronic device, controlling its path by creating electromagnetic fields that can be dynamically adjusted to direct cooling where it's needed most.

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Apple's Phil Schiller to be questioned by Samsung in post-trial deposition

11/01/2012, 05:11 pm

In an order filed on Thursday, it was revealed that Samsung will be able to question Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller for up to three hours, with the deposition expected to cover matters associated with Apple's request to ban products a jury found to be in violation of its patents.

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Apple continues work on iDevice security with movement-based theft detection

11/01/2012, 05:11 am

A patent application discovered on Thursday for an accelerometer-based anti-theft system shows that Apple is actively researching ways to protect owners against having their expensive iDevices stolen.

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Apple awarded patent rights for original iOS Maps app GUI

10/30/2012, 06:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for the graphical user interface used in all versions of the iOS Maps app since the software was first introduced in iPhone OS 2.0 and the iPhone 3G in 2008.

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Apple sued over OS X Quick Look preview feature

10/26/2012, 02:10 am

Non-practicing entity WhitServe on Friday filed a complaint against Apple, claiming that the Quick Look function found in a number of OS X iterations infringes on its file viewing patent from 2011.

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Apple's universal connector invention looks to do away with adapters

10/25/2012, 07:10 am

In a patent application on Thursday, Apple laid out plans for a universal connector that bridges the gap between a number of data transfer protocols, thereby limiting the types of receptacles needed on a given device.

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Apple seeks patent for Lightning connector authentication system

10/25/2012, 06:10 am

An Apple patent application discovered on Thursday describes an authentication system for portable media devices much like the solution used in the company's Lightning cable, the iDevice-centric successor of the venerable 30-pin dock connector.

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Judge excuses himself from new Siri-related patent suit, cites conflict of interest

10/25/2012, 01:10 am

New York District Court Judge Gary Sharpe on Tuesday recused himself from presiding over a patent case involving the Siri virtual assistant, saying he had an unspecified interest in Apple.

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Apple says Samsung being investigated by DoJ over FRAND patent misuse

10/24/2012, 06:10 pm

In a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday, Apple said that the Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether Samsung misused standards-essential patents as weapons against rival handset makers.

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ITC judge: Samsung infringes on Apple touchscreen and design patents

10/24/2012, 05:10 pm

In an initial determination filing on Wednesday, U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Thomas Pender found Samsung in violation of four Apple patents, including IP for touchscreen technology co-invented by late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

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Dutch court finds Samsung did not infringe on Apple multitouch patent

10/24/2012, 05:10 am

A Dutch court on Wednesday ruled that Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets do not infringe on a certain Apple patent regarding multitouch technology.

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Apple wins iPad 2 design patent

10/23/2012, 06:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for the iPad 2, protecting the second-generation tablet's iconic tapered edges and thin-and-light design.

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Apple granted key voice command technology patent

10/23/2012, 06:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for technology that offloads voice commands with contextual information to an off-site computer for processing, one of the key features that allows the company's Siri virtual assistant to operate.

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Apple patents low-power, "always-on" mobile device status indicators

10/23/2012, 06:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a system in which the status of a portable device can be persistently displayed on-screen without having to turn on the display or primary backlight.

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USPTO invalidates Apple's "rubber-banding" patent asserted against Samsung

10/23/2012, 05:10 am

It was discovered in a Monday court filing from Samsung that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tentatively invalidated Apple's bounce scroll, or "rubber-banding," patent, possibly putting the Apple v. Samsung jury's decision regarding the property at risk.

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