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Topic: patents

Bose files lawsuit against Apple's Beats over noise canceling tech

07/25/2014, 02:07 pm

Two of the biggest names in premium headphones --Bose and soon-to-be-Apple's Beats -- are set to square off in court, with a new lawsuit filed on Friday by Bose alleging that Beats products infringe on its noise canceling patents.

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Apple concept would automatically enable iOS 'Do Not Disturb' mode during exercise

07/24/2014, 10:07 am

Apple is interested in dynamically adjusting iOS notifications based on a user's physical activity, such as silencing an iPhone or perhaps even a mythical "iWatch" when the user is exercising, or bugging them to get moving after an extended period of inactivity.

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Apple granted comprehensive 'iTime' smartwatch patent with in-strap circuitry, arm gesture support

07/22/2014, 03:07 am

In one of the clearest signs that Apple is -- and has been -- working on a smartwatch device, the Cupertino company was on Tuesday granted a patent for a wrist-worn wearable with augmented strap capabilities, support for arm and wrist gestures, advanced proximity-sensing circuitry and much more.

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Future iPhones may use behavior recognition and learning tools to protect against theft

07/17/2014, 05:07 am

An Apple invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office on Thursday describes a method by which an iPhone can set off an alert or automatically lock the device based on detected changes in user behavior.

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Trio of Apple sapphire-related inventions point to iOS device displays, illuminated buttons

07/10/2014, 05:07 am

Ahead of Apple's expected iPhone announcement this fall, the company has filed for three sapphire-related patents pointing to a handset with front cover and illuminated buttons crafted from the exotic material.

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Apple patents method of building seamless all-glass iOS devices, monitors and TVs

07/08/2014, 06:07 am

Apple on Monday was granted a U.S. patent covering a method of fusing glass structures together to encapsulate the internal circuitry of an iOS device, and that of larger electronics like monitors and televisions.

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Apple continues exploring Liquidmetal manufacturing methods

07/03/2014, 11:07 am

Though Liquidmetal has yet to make a headline appearance in an Apple product, the company continues to explore new manufacturing methods for the amorphous alloy, most recently filing a divisional patent application for a new counter-gravity casting process.

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Apple invention changes iPhone user authentication settings based on location

07/03/2014, 05:07 am

A patent application published on Thursday reveals an Apple solution that dynamically changes a mobile device's user interface, security levels and other behaviors based on its location, whether it be at the office or in a user's home.

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Samsung & Quinn Emmanuel ordered to pay Apple, Nokia over $2M for leaking secrets

06/23/2014, 08:06 pm

Samsung and itsQuinn Emmanuel attorneys have been ordered to pay over $2 million in legal fees to Apple and Nokia related to the leaking of their confidential patent licensing agreement.

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Apple invents iPhone camera lens actuator made of artificial muscle

06/19/2014, 07:06 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a method of constructing a camera lens actuator that uses a single artificial muscle structure rather than traditional motors to control focus and aperture size.

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Apple invention uses iPhone and wearable sensors to monitor activities, automate alarms and notifications

06/19/2014, 06:06 am

A batch of Apple patent filings published on Thursday describe a system of interconnected sensors -- some being wearable devices -- that work with an iPhone hub to monitor activity levels, dynamically set or cancel alarms and manage push notification settings, among other automated tasks.

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Apple, Samsung 'trying to find common ground' in patent war - report

06/18/2014, 10:06 am

A resolution to the long-running intellectual property battle between Apple and Samsung could be drawing near, as a Wednesday report out of South Korea suggested that the tech titans are working toward an agreement that would allow their important supplier relationship to continue.

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Apple and Samsung agree to drop cross-appeal of ITC embargo ruling

06/15/2014, 05:06 am

In a pair of filings with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit earlier this week, both Apple and Samsung dropped their respective appeals of an ITC order to block sales of certain Samsung products, agreeing further pursuit on the issue would be unfruitful.

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Apple's smarter Smart Cover would keep users up to date with illuminated alerts

06/12/2014, 05:06 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced iPad Smart Cover containing illumination and communication elements that light up to alert users to incoming messages, low battery warnings and other notifications.

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Apple patent hints at iWatch-enabled weightlifting tracker

06/10/2014, 05:06 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a weightlifting tracking system that uses a standalone sensor to transmit metrics to a remote display, which in some cases include a wristwatch.

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Future EarPods may use sensors to detect users' ears, control noise cancellation and music playback

05/29/2014, 06:05 am

In the shadow of Apple's recent acquisition of Beats Electronics, known for its aftermarket headphone hardware, a pair of Apple patent filings published on Thursday show an earbud design that can detect user's presence based on data from onboard sensors.

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Apple granted patent for embedding sapphire displays in LiquidMetal iPhone chassis

05/27/2014, 04:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent describing a process in which an iPhone's display glass -- including sapphire -- is integrally joined with a bezel made out of amorphous metal alloy, namely LiquidMetal.

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Google's current stance on patents with Android would have prevented Google from ever having existed

05/25/2014, 11:05 pm

Just over 15 years ago, two Stanford University students set out to commercialize PageRank, a brilliant new search engine concept they'd developed to organize the Internet's vast array of information. However, the same intellectual property rights Google now opposes in regard to Android would have prevented Larry Page and Sergey Brin from ever having got their company off the ground back then.

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Apple tech would use mechanical shutters to protect sensitive iPhone audio components

05/22/2014, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering an active system that protects sensitive acoustic components like microphones and speakers from damage.

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Apple wins broad injunction against Samsung in The Netherlands over bounce-back patent

05/20/2014, 05:05 pm

Samsung lost an appeal in the Netherlands over its infringement of Apple's bounce-back patent, resulting in a broad injunction against selling accused devices and all other infringing devices that Samsung has introduced or will introduce.

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