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Apple granted patents for iOS audio controls, Game Center and Camera app

02/26/2013, 05:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple three design patents for iOS assets, including the audio controls seen as part of the iPhone and iPod touch's multitasking bars, the Game Center's "Me" page and the Camera app's camera selection button.

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Apple patent allows smartphones to swap location data with an 'accessory device'

02/26/2013, 04:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for the two-way communication of location data between a portable media device or handset, and an "accessory device" that can remotely display the information on its screen.

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Apple and Samsung's Australian case so large it calls for 'unprecedented' two-judge system

02/25/2013, 05:02 am

Apple and Samsung returned to Australian court on Monday to continue their years long patent battle, though a consolidation of patent claims has necessitated two federal court judges to hear the case, something that has reportedly never been done in the country.

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German court stays Samsung v. Apple 'VoiceOver' suit, could result in patent invalidity

02/22/2013, 08:02 pm

The Mannheim Regional Court on Friday ordered a stay on a Samsung lawsuit against Apple, citing a parallel nullity case that could invalidate the Korean company's patent being asserted against the iPhone's VoiceOver functionality.

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Apple and Samsung ordered to narrow claims in upcoming lawsuit

02/21/2013, 06:02 pm

A U.S. federal judge on Thursday ordered Apple and Samsung to pare down their respective cases in a patent suit slated to start in 2014, saying that both parties should know what assertions are strongest after battling in court for over a year.

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Apple exploring self-resizing keys for iPhone keyboard

02/21/2013, 10:02 am

A patent application revealed on Thursday shows that Apple may be working on improving the accuracy of the touchscreen keyboards featured in its iDevices by allowing them to automatically adjust aspects such as key sizes to user typing behavior on the fly.

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Apple patent filing points directly to 'iWatch' concept with flexible touchscreen display

02/21/2013, 03:02 am

A patent application discovered by AppleInsider on Thursday reveals Apple is indeed investigating a wearable accessory device that not only boasts a full-length flexible touchscreen display, but conforms to a user's body through the use of a "slap bracelet" mechanism.

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ITC to review decision that cleared Apple of infringing on Motorola patents

02/19/2013, 09:02 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday announced that it will review an administrative law judge's decision that cleared Apple of infringing on certain Motorola patents, which in turn allowed the company to continue iPhone sales in the country.

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Apple wins design rights to MacBook Pro with Retina display

02/19/2013, 06:02 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded two design patents, one for the MacBook Pro with Retina display and another separate patent for the laptop's cooling vents.

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Apple awarded patent for more accurate haptic feedback system

02/19/2013, 05:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a haptic feedback system suitable for use in multitouch devices, where the unit's various points of input can be more accurately represented by a number of synchronized actuators.

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Apple and Samsung identify all infringing devices in Galaxy Nexus patent case

02/16/2013, 01:02 am

In a pair of filings with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday, Apple and Samsung detailed the scope of their respective assertions for an upcoming patent suit scheduled to start proceedings in 2014.

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Apple's second suit against Samsung may be postponed until appeals court ruling

02/14/2013, 06:02 pm

U.S Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over two California patent cases involving Apple and Samsung including post trial motions for the landmark Apple v. Samsung jury trial, may put the second suit on hold until an appeals court comes to a decision on the first.

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Apple looks to end blurry iPhone photos with new invention

02/14/2013, 05:02 am

In a patent filing discovered on Thursday, Apple describes a digital camera implementation that continuously captures and stores images in a buffer until the user releases the shutter, at which time the system automatically selects the best picture based on a number of predetermined variables.

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Apple secretly developing entire platform for wearable, attachable computing

02/12/2013, 09:02 am

As rumors swirl over the potential for a so-called iWatch from Apple in the not-too-distant future, the company is secretly developing an entire wearable/attachable computing platform and ecosystem comprised of wireless sensing systems for monitoring not only sports activity, athletic training, medicine, fitness, and wellness in humans, but also for tracking packages and industrial production.

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Apple wins design rights to 4th-gen iPod and Newsstand app icon

02/12/2013, 06:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple two design trademarks, one for the nearly decade-old fourth-generation iPod and the newer iBooks icon seen in the company's iOS mobile operating system.

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Apple's 'microslot antennas' are invisible to the naked eye, could see use in future iPhones

02/12/2013, 05:02 am

Apple on Tuesday won the patent rights to "microslot antenna" technology that allows micron-wide antenna assets to be integrated into the housing of a portable device, such as an iPhone, making them nearly invisible to the human eye.

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Apple patents more accurate content download progress bar

02/12/2013, 05:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a web browser user interface asset that monitors download, rendering and output to display a more accurate representation of the classic data progress bar.

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Samsung exec calls legal battle with Apple 'a loss' for innovation

02/11/2013, 09:02 pm

During a panel at the D: Dive Into Media conference on Monday, Samsung Executive Vice President David Eun outlined a bold initiative to drive innovative thinking at the intersection of hardware and software, and said the ongoing litigation with Apple is hurting such efforts as a whole.

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WSJ says Foxconn involved in development of tech that could power Apple wristwatch

02/11/2013, 11:02 am

Some of the technology to power Apple's rumored smartwatch is in development at longtime supplier Foxconn, according to a new report, and the Taiwanese company isn't just making the technology for Apple.

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Apple investigating new question-based iPhone unlock, hearing aid auto-detection

02/07/2013, 09:02 am

A pair of new Apple patent applications published this week show potential new ways to interact with an iPhone: an unlock system that asks the user to identify a random image, and a way to identify if the current device user is wearing a hearing aid.

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