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Topic: patents

Apple researching flexible headphone connectors to stop potential breakage

08/15/2013, 05:08 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes an innovative headphone connector that uses flexible parts to protect against accidental breakage and costly equipment damage.

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iPhone Patent Wars: Xerox PARC & the Apple, Inc. Macintosh: innovator, duplicator & litigator

08/10/2013, 02:08 am

Understanding Apple's intent to patent every valuable aspect of the intellectual property that went into creating iPhone in 2007 requires a look at what happened a quarter of a century earlier in the development of Apple's Macintosh.

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The iPhone Patent Wars: Early patent skirmishes of Apple, Inc., in pictures

08/09/2013, 08:08 am

The iPhone Patent Wars have now been raging for nearly four years, not in the competitive market for smartphone sales, but rather in contentions over intellectual property, expressed in the government-enforced monopolies over inventions known as patents.

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Lodsys drops patent suit against developer in exchange for mutual charity donation

08/08/2013, 12:08 pm

Lodsys, an intellectual property owner infamous for filing patent infringement lawsuits against iOS app developers, has settled with one company in exchange for a charity donation.

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Apple's 'audio hyperlink' tech can control devices with inaudible sonic pulses

08/08/2013, 05:08 am

An Apple patent filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes a method of encoding hyperlinks into an audio stream, offering content creators the ability to link to other media, or control a device's user interface, with a song or podcast.

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Apple wins appeal reinstating ITC case against Google's Motorola

08/07/2013, 12:08 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Apple on Wednesday, reinstating the company's complaint against Google-owned Motorola Mobility.

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Apple, Inc. gets its fingerprints on advanced touch sensor, appears difficult for Android to copy

08/07/2013, 04:08 am

In a market saturated with smartphones that all increasingly look the same, Apple wants its next iPhone to stand out and be difficult for cloners to duplicate.

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South Korean government expresses concern over Obama's veto in Apple-Samsung patent dispute

08/05/2013, 12:08 pm

As Samsung has lost over a billion dollars in market value, the South Korean government has shown concern that the company's patent rights may be negatively affected following a presidential veto in its U.S.-based intellectual property dispute with Apple.

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Presidential veto in favor of Apple expected to alter future patent litigation strategies

08/05/2013, 09:08 am

Patent disputes in the U.S. could change significantly, with the International Trade Commission playing a less important role, following a veto from President Barack Obama's administration in the ongoing Apple-Samsung litigation.

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Samsung's vetoed push for an ITC ban against Apple, Inc., in pictures

08/05/2013, 06:08 am

While efforts by Apple and Samsung to enforce their respective patent rights are often equated as back-and-forth arguments among twin giants who irrationally refuse to settle their legal disputes rather than innovate and compete in the market, there's a vast difference between the legitimacy of their respective intellectual property claims and what each company is demanding.

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President Obama vetoes Samsung ban on Apple, Inc. iPhones, iPads

08/03/2013, 03:08 pm

Acting on behalf of the Obama administration, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced it would veto the ban on older iPhone and iPad models ordered by International Trade Commission.

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ITC delays ruling on possible Samsung product ban

08/01/2013, 06:08 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday filed an extension of its decision on whether Samsung infringed on certain Apple patents, a claim that could see a sales ban of products made by the South Korean tech giant.

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Apple's OLED display patent uses embedded sensors to adjust for shadows, diode age

08/01/2013, 05:08 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for an OLED display that uses built-in detectors to dynamically adjust output at select areas of the screen, compensating for ambient light fluctuations or aged diodes.

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Apple patent filing details iPhone-controlled car and home environments

08/01/2013, 05:08 am

In a patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple describes a system that can automatically customize a car's seat, steering wheel, and mirror positioning, as well as home climate control, based on information from a single device like an iPhone.

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Senators allude support for Presidential veto of imminent ITC iPhone and iPad ban

07/31/2013, 05:07 pm

Ahead of a U.S. International Trade Commission ban of older Apple iPhone and iPad models, a bipartisan cadre of senators has sent a cautionary letter to Trade Representative Michael Froman, who is responsible for the Presidential review of the ITC order.

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Apple patents three-sensor, three-lens iPhone camera for enhanced color photos

07/30/2013, 05:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a camera system that uses three separate sensors, one for luminance and two for chrominance, to generate images with both higher resolution and color accuracy.

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Apple and Motorola dismiss 14 patents from upcoming Florida suit

07/30/2013, 01:07 am

In a filing on Monday, Apple and Google's Motorola agreed to drop a combined 14 patents from a Florida case slated to go to trial in 2014, narrowing claims to a total of 8 patents-in-suit.

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Samsung gets a boost with USPTO's 'final' rejection of Apple's pinch-to-zoom patent

07/29/2013, 12:07 pm

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a "final" rejection of Apple's pinch-to-zoom patent, opening the door for chief rival Samsung to push back even more against its loss in last summer's $1.05 billion patent infringement verdict.

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Microsoft, Intel, Oracle & AT&T come to Apple's defense in looming iPhone 4 ban

07/29/2013, 08:07 am

High stakes in an impending iPhone 4 ban by the International Trade Commission have created some unlikely bedfellows, with a trade group representing Microsoft coming to the defense of rival Apple.

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Verizon asks Obama to intervene in Apple v. Samsung case, prevent impending iPhone ban

07/25/2013, 12:07 pm

Verizon's top lawyer penned an editorial this week asking President Barack Obama to prevent the U.S. International Trade Commission from barring the sales of some older iPhones.

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