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Topic: patents

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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Apple patents proximity-based system that automatically triggers media transfers from an iPhone to a Mac

04/09/2013, 05:04 am

An Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a portable media carrier that can transfer files and documents to a computer, or any recipient device with a display, after said computer senses the device is near.

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'Sense of crisis' at Samsung could affect patent disputes with Apple

04/08/2013, 08:04 am

Samsung's chairman sees a need for a "sense of crisis" at his company, with rumors suggesting a shakeup could be coming in the company's ongoing patent disputes with Apple.

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Samsung sought ITC ban would be limited to older iPhones and iPads, company admits

04/05/2013, 05:04 pm

In a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission, Samsung confirmed that its declared standard essential wireless patents only apply to older iOS devices due to hardware changes in more recent versions, meaning that a proposed ban on the products would be somewhat limited if enforced.

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ITC judge finds Samsung to be infringing Apple text-selection patent

04/05/2013, 01:04 pm

An International Trade Commission judge has ruled that Samsung infringed on an Apple patent by including a text-selection feature in its mobile devices.

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Apple's 'slide to unlock' patent invalidated by German court

04/04/2013, 06:04 pm

As part of an ongoing German patent struggle, Motorola on Thursday won a ruling from the country's Federal Patent Court, which said found all claims of Apple's "slide to unlock" user interface property invalid, though the decision can be appealed.

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Apple investigating 'convertible' computer system with wireless charging

04/04/2013, 05:04 am

A patent filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple may be looking to build a so-called "convertible" computer, which features a base station and separate wireless display that features wireless power transmission technology.

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Apple's improvements to pedometer accuracy hint at possible health accessory

04/04/2013, 05:04 am

Three filings published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveal Apple is working to improve the accuracy of pedometer readings when implemented in mobile devices, hinting that the company may be planning an entrance into the health accessory industry.

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Patent filing suggests Apple is working on 'Street View' mapping technology

04/04/2013, 05:04 am

An Apple patent application discovered on Thursday hints that the company is looking to deploy on mobile devices a virtual navigation system based on panoramic location data, much like the popular "Street View" seen in Google Maps.

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Apple's call waiting system displays customizable contextual information when on hold

04/02/2013, 05:04 am

A patent granted to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes an automated system in which an on-hold caller is shown adaptive information, like events in a user's calendar, based on contextual data taken from the phone call.

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Apple's intelligent security system can tell intruders apart from mistyped passwords

04/02/2013, 05:04 am

An Apple patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a technique of determining with acceptable accuracy whether an incorrectly entered credential, such as a password, was the result of a mistake or a legitimate threat to a secure network.

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Key claim in Apple's 'rubber-banding' patent still found invalid in final Patent Office action

04/02/2013, 01:04 am

In a statement filed by Samsung to the Apple v. Samsung court on Monday, the Korean company noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled claim 19 of Apple's "rubber-banding" patent was invalid in a final Office action, a finding that could change the direction of the post-trial proceedings.

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Apple's ceramic device housing could be used in low-cost iPhone

03/28/2013, 06:03 am

Apple is again expressing interest in ceramic device enclosures, this time looking at a unibody type design fabricated from layers of the substrate in a technique somewhat akin to those used in laying up fiberglass, a material which one analyst believes will be used in a rumored low-cost iPhone.

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Apple looking into futuristic iPhone with wrap-around display and seamless glass housing

03/28/2013, 04:03 am

In a patent filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple describes a futuristic portable device complete with wrap-around AMOLED display, all-glass construction and face tracking.

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Apple points out possible $85M court error in order vacating Samsung damages

03/27/2013, 01:03 am

In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple claims Judge Lucy Koh made an error in vacating part of the $1.02 billion in damages awarded by the Apple v. Samsung trial jury, noting that two of Samsung's products look to be subject to the verdict.

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