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Topic: patents

Federal appeals court declines to stay Smartflash case against Apple

07/30/2015, 03:07 pm

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to stay proceedings in Smartflash's patent lawsuit against Apple, potentially paving the way for Smartflash claiming recalculated damages.

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Apple invents stylus capable of simulating onscreen textures through haptic feedback

07/30/2015, 05:07 am

According to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is investigating an advanced tablet stylus design capable of simulating the texture of onscreen graphics as it moves across a display surface.

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Apple envisions Apple TV remote with fingerprint sensor for custom profiles, child proofing

07/23/2015, 06:07 am

A trio of Apple patent filings relating to biometric input devices could reveal plans for a remote control, potentially destined for Apple TV, capable of distinguishing multiple users for association with custom profiles on a second device.

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Apple investigating automated ad system for podcasts

07/23/2015, 05:07 am

Your next podcast listening session could be interrupted by dynamically placed, constantly refreshed and targeted content -- read advertisements -- served up by iAd, if Apple deploys technology described in patent application published Thursday.

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Apple invents natural tap-based gesture input for nudging onscreen objects, selecting text

07/21/2015, 05:07 am

A patent granted to Apple on Tuesday reveals a novel mode of mobile device gesture input that turns taps detected on non-touchscreen surfaces, like the side of an iPhone, into granular on-screen controls.

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Apple investigating solar-powered wireless mice and trackpads

07/16/2015, 06:07 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals continued research into alternative energy solutions, specifically as it applies to a lineup of wireless computer peripherals with embedded solar cells.

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Future Apple devices might boast personalized Maps imagery, turn audio into haptic vibrations

07/14/2015, 04:07 am

A pair of patents awarded to Apple on Tuesday illustrates research running the gamut of mobile tech, with one invention detailing an advanced mapping system with customizable and shareable image data, and another covering ways to convert audio data into haptic vibrations for the hearing impaired.

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Apple invents continuous handwriting input method, magnetically linkable earphones

07/09/2015, 05:07 am

A pair of Apple patent filings published Thursday reveal ongoing work on perfecting the mobile computing experience, including an intuitive continuous handwriting recognition system and a pair of earphones that snap together magnetically for easy stowage.

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Judge tosses Smartflash's $533M victory against Apple, damages to be retried

07/08/2015, 08:07 am

Months after a Texas jury ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to a product-less company that critics have dubbed a "patent troll," a judge has tossed out that decision, declaring that instructions given to the jury may have improperly affected the damage assessment.

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Apple patent adds magnetic drive actuation to UK-style folding pin USB adapter

07/07/2015, 05:07 am

Continuing a seemingly never ending quest for smaller form factor products, Apple engineers dreamed up a compact folding pin USB adapter design with the convenience of push-button magnetic actuation, as detailed in a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.

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Apple investigating ways to embed health sensors, fingerprint readers, chargers into iPhone logos

07/02/2015, 04:07 am

In a seemingly never-ending quest to make thinner, lighter mobile devices, Apple is researching methods by which heart rate monitors, skin conductivity sensors and more can be directly incorporated into an iPhone's product logo.

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Apple acquires dozens of biometric authentication patents from Virginia-based Privaris

06/26/2015, 03:06 pm

Evidence that Apple is planning significant overhauls to its Touch ID fingerprint recognition system continues to mount, with the company reportedly acquiring more than two dozen biometric authentication patents from privately-held Virginia firm Privaris.

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Apple inventions hint at next-level iOS geofencing features

06/25/2015, 07:06 am

A pair of Apple patent applications published Thursday point to ongoing research in mobile device location sharing, one being an augmentation of existing iOS geofencing technology, and another detailing an entirely new form of indoor request-and-answer location notifications reliant on node-based triangulation.

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Apple mapping patent provides seamless outdoor/indoor location determination

06/23/2015, 04:06 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for harnessing onboard iOS device sensors to automatically switch from one location subsystem, such as GPS and indoor wireless gateway proximation, to another seamlessly and without user interaction.

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Apple investigating thinner touch panels that can sense 3D 'hover' gestures

06/18/2015, 03:06 pm

Apple is looking beyond its new Force Touch pressure-sensitive input method, and may in the future allow users to perform gestures by pointing or moving their hands in front of a device, without even touching it, new patents reveal.

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Apple wins two patents on feedstock, molding for Liquidmetal alloys

06/16/2015, 03:06 pm

Apple has won two new U.S. patents through its ties with exclusive materials partner Liquidmetal, addressing ways of manufacturing amorphous alloys including hollowed-out shapes.

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Apple wins patent for Shanghai store glass cylinder entrance co-designed by Steve Jobs

06/16/2015, 10:06 am

Apple this week was awarded a design patent for the cylindrical entrance to its iconic Shanghai retail store --a concept credited in part to late company co-founder Steve Jobs.

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Liquidmetal concept could enable Apple to manufacture devices layer by layer

06/02/2015, 10:06 am

Making use of its ties with Liquidmetal Technologies, Apple on Tuesday won a U.S. patent on a way of manufacturing products layer-by-layer using bulk-solidifying amorphous alloys, also known as bulk metalic glasses.

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Apple earphone invention detects multiple users, switches audio profiles to match

06/02/2015, 05:06 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's invention for an earphone cable capable of detecting when its being shared between multiple users, allowing each to hear a monophonic audio track or completely different songs.

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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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