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Topic: patents

Apple's multitouch 'fusion keyboard' invention with multitouch keys could replace touchpads

05/26/2015, 04:05 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent describing a dual-purpose keyboard that sports touch sensors overlaid atop mechanical keys depressible to two more levels, affording users both multitouch gesture control and conventional keystroke entry without having to remove their hands from the device.

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Apple seeks to improve the stylus with dynamic input based on pressure, grip, angle & more

05/21/2015, 12:05 pm

As rumors suggest Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad with a new stylus accessory later this year, a new patent application offers a glimpse at what the company could be working on, describing an advanced stylus that would offer much more dynamic ways of interacting with a touchscreen than just the press of a finger.

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Apple invents adaptive eye-tracking 3D display, highly portable cellular hotspot

05/21/2015, 06:05 am

A pair of Apple patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describe a display capable of displaying 2D and 3D images at the same time and a portable cellular hotpot with a unique cylindrical design.

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Appeals court finds Samsung violated Apple's design patents, but not trade dress

05/18/2015, 09:05 am

An appeals court ruled on Monday that Samsung's $930 million penalty, stemming from its patent infringement suit with Apple, must be adjusted, in a mixed courtroom outcome for the iPhone maker.

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Apple assigned patent for Beats Mixr headphone design

05/12/2015, 01:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a headphone design patent originally assigned to Beats Electronics, the audio hardware maker Apple purchased for $3 billion in 2014.

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Apple's invisible display concept would show more than the human eye can see

05/07/2015, 11:05 am

Future iPhone displays could transmit invisible but valuable information, such as barcodes for coupons or even advanced facial recognition, according to a proposed Apple invention.

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Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing method likely revealed in new patent

05/05/2015, 04:05 am

Lost amidst a sea of flashy hardware technologies introduced with Apple Watch was a new image-based pairing technique distinguished by a "particle cloud" effect. On Tuesday, Apple received a patent detailing what appears to be the bedrock of this unique pairing procedure, hinting at its use in future products.

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Apple invention uses vibrations and temperature to simulate different materials on touchscreens, trackpads

04/23/2015, 05:04 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday details an advanced haptic feedback system that simulates the feeling of different textures on a device display, such as wood and metal, using localized vibrations and temperature changes.

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Apple patents Apple Watch Sport Band, Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet designs

04/21/2015, 05:04 am

Just days before Apple Watch is slated to ship out to early buyers, Apple on Tuesday was granted patents for its unique Sport Band, Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet device accessories, protecting the innovative designs from potential copycats.

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Apple exploring light field image editing software, patent application shows

04/16/2015, 04:04 am

A patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is continuing to explore light field camera applications, in this case imagining how users would manipulate image data to change focus or depth of field in a photo editing app.

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USPTO invalidates podcasting patent, kneecaps 'patent troll'

04/10/2015, 08:04 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday handed down a final decision invalidating key claims of a so-called "podcasting patent" assigned to Personal Audio, LLC, which was in the midst of leveraging the IP against multiple podcasters.

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Samsung patent review may undermine $533M Smartflash verdict against Apple

04/03/2015, 03:04 pm

Samsung has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to review two Smartflash patents, a move that could potentially absolve Apple of paying $532.9 million in damages following a Smartflash court victory in February.

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Rockstar patent sale could net Apple $392 million in March quarter

03/31/2015, 03:03 pm

The sale of patents owned by the Rockstar Consortium of companies could bring a windfall of $392 million in additional cash to Apple's March quarter, estimates from one analyst predict.

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Apple concept would require users to input health data to keep using their iPhone

03/26/2015, 09:03 am

Apple has explored presenting iPhone users with non-dismissable notifications, such as requiring personal health data to be entered before resuming normal use of their device, in a concept that could help break bad habits.

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Apple location sharing patent could bring path tracking to Find My Friends

03/24/2015, 05:03 am

Apple's current Find My Friends app lets iPhone and iPad users spot acquaintances on a map, but an invention detailed on Tuesday takes things to a whole new level with path tracking and route following.

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Apple invents 3-sensor iPhone camera with light splitting cube for accurate colors, low-light performance

03/24/2015, 04:03 am

An Apple patent published on Tuesday details a miniaturized iPhone camera system that employs a light-splitting cube to parse incoming rays into three color components, each of which are captured by separate sensors.

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Apple Watch band with modern buckle detailed in newly granted patent

03/17/2015, 06:03 am

With final Apple Watch details fleshed out earlier in March, patents for the device have started to show up at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including a design published on Tuesday for what Apple calls the modern buckle band.

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Apple investigating iPhone dock with integrated display, touchpad, sensors, inductive charging, more

03/12/2015, 06:03 am

A patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple's interest in a docking solution for iPhone and iPad that supports multiple accessories and incorporates a display, advanced gesture controls, wireless communications and even inductive charging.

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Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor deposition, silicone seals

03/05/2015, 05:03 am

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple is actively researching ways to make its products resistant to moisture, a feature sometimes attributed to "active" smartphone models marketed by competing smartphone manufacturers.

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Fresh off $533M victory, Smartflash files another patent suit against Apple

02/26/2015, 03:02 pm

Just one day after Smartflash won a $533 million jury decision against Apple, the intellectual property holder filed yet another patent case against the company seeking even more damages for alleged infringement.

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