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Topic: patents

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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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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