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Topic: patents

Apple imagines citywide ground-based navigation infrastructure to augment, replace GPS

05/17/2016, 06:05 am

In a patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday, the company imagines entire cities outfitted with low-power wireless transmitters capable of sending pinpoint-accurate location data, as well as dynamic environmental alerts, to iPhones and in-car navigation systems.

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Apple smart home invention uses pattern recognition to solve multi-user dwelling issues

05/12/2016, 06:05 am

An Apple patent application revealed Thursday outlines plans for an automated smart home system that tracks individual users through their connected devices, detects common patterns and compiles events for triggering thermostats, lights, door locks and more.

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VoIP-Pal serves Apple in $2.8B patent infringement suit over iMessage & Wi-Fi Calling

05/10/2016, 01:05 pm

Patent holder VoIP-Pal on Tuesday announced that it has formally served Apple in an infringement lawsuit, claiming over $2.8 billion in damages from concepts used in services like Wi-Fi Calling and iMessage.

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Apple imagines future Siri enhancements to find, control live television content

05/10/2016, 11:05 am

If Apple ever gets its long-rumored web television service for Apple TV off the ground, a newly-issued patent shows that users may depend on voice navigation to find, watch, and record shows and events.

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Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport swappable nibs, Touch ID, 'eraser' & more

05/03/2016, 05:05 am

A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company's future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors.

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No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know when autocorrect makes a mistake

04/28/2016, 10:04 am

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work.

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Apple invention prevents headphone audio dropouts in hybrid wired/wireless designs

04/21/2016, 04:04 am

An Apple patent application covering a wireless hybrid headphone system was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, suggesting the company is continuing work on a Lightning-equipped audio product some expect will replace wired EarPods if and when iPhone ships without a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Apple patents ultra-compact folding telephoto lens for mobile devices

04/19/2016, 12:04 pm

The days of being forced to deal with a bulbous camera bump to enjoy optical zoom in a smartphone may soon be over, as Apple has invented a new variety of compact telephoto lens system.

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Apple invents modular Apple Watch accessories that link together, connect via diagnostics port

03/31/2016, 05:03 am

A trio of Apple inventions published Thursday detail advanced strap designs with embedded electronic devices that connect via Apple Watch's diagnostics port, suggesting the wearable might soon support wireless charging battery packs, GPS receivers and more.

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Apple claims reversal of $120M verdict against Samsung violates US Constitution

03/30/2016, 11:03 am

In reversing a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung for patent infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit stepped beyond the bounds of the Constitution, a lawyer for Apple argued this week.

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Apple patent for stackable Smart Connector plugs improves iPad versatility

03/29/2016, 04:03 am

An Apple patent published Tuesday details work on a magnetic connector interface akin to the recently introduced Smart Connector, but instead of being limited to one accessory, the proposed design can stack plugs to mate with and support multiple peripherals.

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US Supreme Court to tackle money owed in Apple v. Samsung patent fight

03/21/2016, 10:03 am

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Samsung appeal in the legal battle over how much it owes Apple for infringing iPhone patents, it was revealed on Monday.

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Apple patents a new type of LiDAR system for 3D mapping

03/15/2016, 12:03 pm

With Apple's aggressive expansion into geospatial data has come a new focus on research into foundational sensors and systems related to the field, including a newly granted patent that covers an in-house LiDAR device for more accurately capturing three-dimensional scenes.

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Apple invention turns Apple Watch into urgent care alert system

03/10/2016, 05:03 am

A patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is working to turn Apple Watch into a full-fledged medical device, one that can monitor a user's vital signs and automatically send out an alert should they need urgent care.

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The iPhone's home button could get a Liquidmetal makeover, new Apple patent shows

03/09/2016, 12:03 pm

A recently granted Apple patent points to a new use for Liquidmetal -- a simplified home button design that would cut down on complexity and last longer than conventional components.

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Apple patents magnetically detachable wireless earbuds for iPhone

03/01/2016, 04:03 am

Amid rumors claiming Apple's next iPhone heralds the inexorable demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack, the company on Tuesday was granted a patent for a hybrid headphone design capable of both corded and wireless operation.

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Court overturns Apple's $120M patent win against Samsung

02/26/2016, 11:02 am

Samsung saw a major victory in its ongoing patent infringement litigation with Apple, as a U.S. appeals court overturned a $120 million decision against the South Korean electronics maker.

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Apple invention uses Apple Watch to auto adjust iPhone alert volume

02/11/2016, 04:02 am

Apple is looking to turn Apple Watch into an automated iPhone command and control module, as a patent application published Thursday details a method by which the wearable monitors, compares and adjusts handset audio output on the fly.

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Apple, Inc has filed for mistrial in $625M VirnetX lawsuit

02/05/2016, 04:02 pm

After objecting to the closing arguments made by Caldwell, Cassady & Curry attorneys representing VirnetX, Apple has now filed a motion for mistrial in the case that awarded a $625 million verdict after just a week of testimony and deliberation.

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Apple discourages Supreme Court from hearing Samsung patent petition, calls case 'legally unexceptional'

02/04/2016, 09:02 am

Apple this week attempted to dissuade the U.S. Supreme Court from hearing Samsung's request for review in their ongoing patent infringement dispute, with Apple telling the highest court in America that the $548 million settlement does not deserve review.

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