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Topic: patents

Smartphone companies, including Apple, have little to show for patent litigation

05/07/2013, 10:05 am

An all-out patent litigation war between the biggest players in the smartphone industry, including Apple, Samsung, Motorola and Microsoft, has yielded very little for all parties involved.

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Apple's smart audio splitter lets multiple users view content on a single device

05/07/2013, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday published an Apple patent describing an accessory akin to an advanced headphone splitter, which allows for independent volume changes, media controls and communication via an inline mic.

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EU rules Google's Motorola abused patents in seeking injunction against Apple

05/06/2013, 08:05 am

In a preliminary ruling, the European Commission has determined that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its dominance in mobile patents when it sought an injunction against Apple's iPhone in Germany.

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Apple's research into curved battery technology points to new iOS products designs

05/02/2013, 06:05 am

A pair of patent applications Apple filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveal the company is working on unorthodox battery designs with curved cells and irregular shapes, suggesting slimmer, more shapely iOS devices could be on the horizon.

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Ownership of imaging patents acquired from Kodak now being transferred to Apple

04/30/2013, 09:04 am

Filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealed on Tuesday that the transfer of a number of patents from Kodak to Apple has begun, with the iPhone maker taking ownership of several patents covering aspects of digital photography.

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Apple's contact service intelligently determines when to send a text instead of a call

04/30/2013, 04:04 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a dynamic communications system that automatically selects the best method of contacting another person, be it through voice, text or email, based on a given situation.

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Apple patents physical controller input method for multitouch devices

04/30/2013, 04:04 am

A patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday reveals Apple is working to make iOS devices more accessible for users with disabilities through an accessory framework that allows for non-touch input devices to interact with touchscreen user interfaces.

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Judge orders narrowed Apple v. Samsung damages trial to start in November

04/30/2013, 03:04 am

Apple v. Samsung presiding Judge Lucy Koh on Monday entered a case management order calling for a new trial to recalculate the $450.5 million she found may have been incorrectly awarded by a jury last August.

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Apple may challenge $368M VirnetX patent suit ruling, SEC filing reveals

04/26/2013, 05:04 pm

A notation in Apple's latest Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reveals the company has not recorded a $368 million court ruling that awarded VirnetX damages for patent infringement as a loss, and suggests a challenge to the decision is in the works.

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Apple wants to use iPhone Bluetooth to locate, interact with cars

04/25/2013, 06:04 am

A pair of patent filings discovered on Thursday reveal Apple is actively investigating the possibilities afforded by the iOS mobile platform's various wireless connectivity options, including the ability to interact with, and at times control, a Bluetooth-enabled automobile.

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Apple's map printing invention points to enhanced 'Maps' service

04/25/2013, 06:04 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday suggests the company may be looking to build out its mapping service, as the filing describes a printing function not currently supported by the iOS-only feature.

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iCloud push notifications may soon be restored in Germany after stay in Motorola trial

04/24/2013, 09:04 pm

After more than one year of going without email push notifications, Apple iCloud users in Germany may soon see a restoration of services as a high court on Wednesday stayed Motorola's patent trial against the iPhone maker.

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Apple invention would allow for peripheral-based authentication, password recovery

04/23/2013, 02:04 pm

A newly granted patent would allow owners of Apple devices to retrieve passwords by connecting to a specific peripheral, potentially eliminating the need for traditional recovery methods.

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Apple invention creates a secure device-to-device network with just a picture

04/23/2013, 05:04 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted patent rights to a novel data transfer invention that allows one device to use its built-in camera to take a picture of a second device, and extract a digital handshake key from the image to setup a secure connection.

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Apple's virtual input tool patent could bring next-level UI interactivity to OS X

04/23/2013, 05:04 am

An Apple patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a system in which a "virtual input," such as a trackpad, is recreated onscreen with various interactive objects, allowing users to quickly navigate programs and documents.

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Apple granted patent for iOS app folders and 'jiggle mode' UI

04/16/2013, 05:04 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent for the implementation of app folders in iOS, including the signature icon "jiggle mode" users see when reconfiguring the user interface.

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Apple hit with patent suit over simultaneous voice and data, Wi-Fi tech

04/12/2013, 06:04 pm

Apple is once again being taken to court for alleged patent infringement, as non-practicing entity Wyncomm claims the iPhone and iPad are in violation of a 16-year old AT&T patent pertaining to simultaneous voice and data transmission.

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Apple researching advanced hybrid fiber optic connectors for iOS devices

04/11/2013, 06:04 am

A pair of patent filings discovered on Thursday reveals Apple may be looking into the deployment of fiber optic systems for iOS devices, as the applications describe an advanced cable and docking system that mates with laser-equipped portable electronic devices.

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Apple licenses $10M in patents originally created by Palm, others

04/10/2013, 07:04 am

Apple has reached an agreement to license intellectual property from a Japanese company that owns patents originally created by Palm and PalmSource, creator of the Palm OS PDA operating system.

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Apple patents offline iTunes purchases using per-device 'credit' system

04/09/2013, 06:04 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for an offline purchasing system that would allow iTunes users to buy music, movies and other media when not connected to the internet.

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