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Topic: patents

Apple's patent for a remote collaboration system uses digital pens and 'large digital surfaces'

03/19/2013, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent that improves on large displays, like Microsoft's original Surface project, by adding digital pens and the internet, to give users a powerful, cost-effective collaboration tool that can be used to hold interactive meetings almost anywhere.

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Apple's interactive augmented reality system identifies real-world objects, allows screen sharing

03/19/2013, 05:03 am

Apple on Tuesday won a patent for an augmented reality (AR) system that can identify objects in a live video stream and present information corresponding to said objects through a computer generated information layer overlaid on top of the real-world image.

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Apple sued by THX for allegedly misusing patented speaker tech in iPhone, iPad and iMac

03/16/2013, 12:03 am

THX, the sound innovation company founded by George Lucas, filed suit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, claiming that various models of the iPhone, iPad and iMac product lineups infringe on a single speaker patent for a "narrow profile speaker."

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Google calls Apple 'unwilling licensee' in bid for injunction over FRAND patent violations

03/15/2013, 07:03 pm

Google and Motorola on Thursday entered an initial filing with the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals over the dismissal of a patent suit against Apple, which saw a circuit court judge toss arguments from both parties in 2011.

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Google cites quote from Steve Jobs biography in attempt to win iPhone import ban

03/15/2013, 05:03 pm

In its attempts to garner an iPhone import ban from the U.S. ITC, Google continues to assert the viability of a Motorola utility patent regarding proximity sensors despite having the argument denied twice by an administrative law judge.

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Apple proposes 'on-the-go' wireless charging via iPad Smart Cover with built-in battery

03/14/2013, 05:03 am

An Apple patent application discovered on Thursday reveals that the company is actively investigating wireless charging for its line of portable devices, but proposes to use the technology in a slightly different way than existing solutions.

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ITC delays decision on Samsung patent claims against Apple until May

03/13/2013, 06:03 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday announced that it will delay final judgment of assertions that Apple infringed on certain FRAND patents owned by Samsung when it made the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Apple patents reliable social networking system that tracks 'stalkers' and 'spammers'

03/12/2013, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a social networking system that institutes a number of database-level features to ensure reliable "friend states," or how users interact with each other.

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Judge to allow Apple's 'Siri' suit against Samsung to continue, orders case to be streamlined

03/08/2013, 10:03 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Friday ruled that an Apple lawsuit against Samsung over Siri patents can continue, despite questioning whether or not the proceedings should be suspended until an appeal related to the Apple v. Samsung trial is completed.

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US interests, struggles with Apple spark Samsung lobbying push

03/07/2013, 10:03 am

Samsung, following its landmark patent infringement loss to chief rival Apple, has more than redoubled its efforts to influence the federal government on a range of issues, including intellectual property laws.

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Apple wins 3G patent battle with Samsung in UK court ruling

03/07/2013, 08:03 am

Apple this week secured another patent win over rival Samsung, this time in a U.K. court over a standard-essential patent related to 3G connectivity.

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Apple's digital content resale and loan system could allow DRM transfers between end users

03/07/2013, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published details of an exhaustive Apple invention covering the resale and loan of owned digital content like e-books, music and movies, possibly portending an upcoming addition to iTunes.

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Apple gets support from Nokia in court fight over Samsung sales ban

03/06/2013, 05:03 pm

Nokia on Tuesday filed a brief with a U.S. federal appeals court supporting Apple's bid to block the sale of Samsung products a jury found to be in infringement of certain Cupertino-owned patents.

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Apple granted design patent for Thunderbolt Display

03/05/2013, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple with the design rights to the Thunderbolt Display, which the company first introduced in 2011 as one of the first accessory

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Apple's pressure-sensitive 'squeezable' device housing could control future iPhones and accessories

03/05/2013, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for system in which a device can be controlled through the measurement and translation of deflection or stress a user applies to a device housing.

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Apple's versatile magnetic stand concept could securely hold an iPad upside down

02/28/2013, 08:02 am

Apple has shown interest in building a magnetic iPad stand that would allow the device to be securely mounted in any fashion, including upside down in a moving car.

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Samsung loses 3G wireless patent case against Apple's iPhone in Japan [u]

02/28/2013, 03:02 am

A Japanese court on Thursday handed down a favorable ruling for Apple in a lawsuit filed by Samsung, which alleged the Cupertino company misused certain 3G wireless patents in versions of the iPhone.

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$368 million VirnetX court victory over Apple upheld

02/27/2013, 09:02 am

A judge in U.S. District Court has upheld a $368.2 million prior judgment against Apple in a suit with VirnetX, finding that Apple infringed networking patents with its FaceTime video chat feature.

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Samsung questions whether Apple can patent beauty in Australian court case

02/26/2013, 10:02 pm

Apple and Samsung's ongoing international patent struggle took a novel turn in Australian Federal Court on Wednesday, with Samsung's counsel questioning whether Apple's claims to "beauty" and "elegance" in its iOS interface is enough to justify an enforceable patent.

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Future iPhones could anticipate user needs with 'situational awareness module'

02/26/2013, 05:02 am

A system outlined in an Apple patent on Tuesday takes data from a number of sensors deployed throughout a handheld device and feeds the information into a "situational awareness module," which then triggers a number of functions, including vibration settings, music playback and sleep mode.

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