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Topic: patents

ITC to give final ruling on Apple's Samsung complaint Aug. 1

02/06/2013, 09:02 am

A final ruling in one of Apple's suits against Samsung will have to wait until August of this year, as a judge for the International Trade Commission on Wednesday scheduled a final ruling for the first of that month.

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Apple awarded design patents for slide-to-unlock and original iPhone design

02/05/2013, 05:02 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple patent numbers D675,639 and D675,612, respectively covering the much-disputed slide-to-unlock user interface asset and design for the original iPhone.

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Apple's solar cell multitouch panels may harvest energy for future iPhones

02/05/2013, 09:02 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for an invention that integrates a touch sensor array with a solar panel, allowing for portable device to be both power-efficient and compact.

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Apple wins exhaustive fourth-generation iPod shuffle patent

02/05/2013, 08:02 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded an extremely in-depth patent for the component design and manufacture of the smallest iPod in the company's current lineup, the iPod shuffle.

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Appeals court denies Apple's request to ban sales of Samsung Galaxy Nexus

01/31/2013, 01:01 pm

Apple's bid to once again ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus handset was denied on Thursday by a U.S. appeals court.

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Apple's laser-powered 'depth perception' system can be used for virtual keyboard, camera autofocus

01/31/2013, 05:01 am

A patent application discovered on Thursday reveals Apple is looking into a system that combines lasers with image sensors to measure both the distance to an object and its depth, allowing for the creation of new virtual device input and camera autofocus technologies.

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Apple invention automatically adjusts A/V settings based on user positioning and environment

01/31/2013, 05:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a system that dynamically changes audio and video settings based on where a user is located in relation to the source device, thus allowing for the best viewing or listening experience.

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Judge denies Samsung bid to invalidate Apple patents over indefiniteness [u]

01/29/2013, 10:01 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday entered a ruling that found neither an Apple utility patent nor four design patents are invalid due to indefiniteness.

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Samsung did not willfully infringe on Apple's patents, U.S. judge says [u]

01/29/2013, 09:01 pm

Apple v. Samsung Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday handed down some of the first rulings in the case's post-trial proceedings, granting an Apple motion to invalidate certain claims of a Samsung patent but denying five others, including a request for a new trial stemming from a contention that the Korean company willfully infringed on Apple's patents.

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Apple secures 48 new patents, including inductive charging, in-cell touch panel

01/29/2013, 06:01 pm

The United States Patent and Trademark office published 48 newly granted Apple patents on Tuesday, covering technologies ranging from inductive charging to bike-integrated iPods, as well as one property covering the touchscreen technology that enables the latest iOS devices to achieve their current slimness.

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Samsung asks judge dismiss Apple's appeal of Japanese court ruling

01/29/2013, 01:01 am

Samsung on Monday asked a Japanese court judge to conclude a patent infringement suit with Apple for which the Korean company won a favorable ruling in August, seeking to end the case without hearing an appeal from the Cupertino tech giant's lawyers.

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Samsung tries to get peek at iOS source code in Korean patent suit

01/25/2013, 07:01 pm

In a request to the Seoul Central District Court on Friday, Samsung asked to see the source code for Apple's latest iOS, claiming that it needed access to the extremely sensitive data to confirm that the operating system infringes on a software patent.

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ITC to review decision that held Samsung in violation of four Apple patents

01/24/2013, 07:01 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission announced on Wednesday that it will be reviewing an administrative law judge's initial determination that found Samsung to have violated a number of Apple patents.

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Apple point-of-sale subscription filing likely stems from 'patent troll' settlement

01/24/2013, 11:01 am

An Apple patent filing was released Thursday showing a system allowing retail outlets to sell periodicals to customers as part of an ongoing subscription, simultaneously saving money for customers and making money for retailers.

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Apple's "smart shoes" notify users when they need replacing

01/24/2013, 05:01 am

An interesting Apple patent application discovered on Thursday describes a sensor and alarm system that can be embedded into footwear, granting users a more empirical method on which to rely when deciding to replace worn-out shoes.

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U.S. court denies Samsung request for documents to be used against Apple in Japan suit

01/23/2013, 11:01 pm

California court Judge Paul S. Grewal on Wednesday handed down a ruling denying Samsung's request for documents from the Apple v. Samsung patent trial, which the company planned to use as proof-gathering in a separate patent case currently underway in Japan.

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Apple awarded patent for iOS 'loupe' on-screen content magnification

01/22/2013, 05:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple rights to a variation of the content magnification system used in iOS, a common tool many iPhone, iPad and iPod owners utilize on a daily basis to enlarge graphical assets.

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Apple invention adjusts display brightness according to on-screen content

01/22/2013, 05:01 am

A patent discovered on Tuesday outlines a system in which displays like the iPhone and iPad's Retina panels are automatically dimmed based on what type of content is showing on screen, allowing for portable devices to conserve precious energy.

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Apple says appeals court decisions hinder patent protection efforts against Samsung

01/18/2013, 10:01 am

The decision by a United States appeal court to continue allowing Samsung to sell the Galaxy Nexus prevents Apple from protecting the patents a jury previously found the Nexus to be infringing on, Apple's lawyers have argued.

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Apple exploring idea for removable device clip with tactile controls

01/17/2013, 09:01 am

Apple's unique idea for a removable clip that could add tactile buttons to a portable device was revealed on Thursday in a new filing.

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