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Topic: patents

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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Apple's iPhone e-wallet concept includes controllable subsidiary accounts for children

01/17/2013, 08:01 am

Apple's idea for an "e-wallet" iPhone application would allow subsidiary accounts for children, complete with customizable spending limits and restrictions.

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Judge agrees to add newly released Apple and Samsung devices to upcoming trial

01/16/2013, 08:01 pm

A California federal judge on Wendesday agreed with additional stipulations filed jointly by Apple and Samsung in which each party sought to supplement its case in an upcoming trial slated to begin in 2014.

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Dutch court says Samsung's rounded corners don't infringe Apple design

01/16/2013, 01:01 pm

A Dutch court handed Apple its fourth patent defeat in a year on Wednesday, finding that the rounded corners of Samsung's Galaxy Tab products do not infringe on Apple's registered design features.

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Apple wins patent for glass-on-metal trackpad designed by Jobs & Ive

01/15/2013, 09:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for the design of the glass trackpad atop the aluminum unibody enclosure of its MacBook lineup.

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Samsung files against CAFC review of decision reversing Galaxy Nexus injunction

01/14/2013, 04:01 pm

Late last week, Samsung filed a document with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit outlining why Apple should not be allowed a full panel review of a previous court denial to block sales of the Galaxy Nexus.

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Patents awarded to Apple surge 68% in 2012

01/10/2013, 05:01 pm

Apple was granted a total of 1,135 patents in 2012, ranking it 21st among companies worldwide, up from 39th a year prior.

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Apple investigating location-based emergency app for iPhone

01/10/2013, 09:01 am

Apple has shown continued interest in offering easy access to local emergency services when traveling through the iPhone.

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DoJ, U.S. Patent Office say sales bans from SEP suits should be a rarity

01/09/2013, 02:01 am

In a joint policy statement issued late Tuesday, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said companies that own so-called standard-essential patents should rarely be allowed to garner sales bans due to infringement findings.

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Apple to appeal dismissal of federal FRAND suit against Motorola

01/04/2013, 05:01 pm

Coming on the heels of Google's agreement with the FTC, Apple on Friday filed a notice of appeal with a Wisconsin district court over its FRAND-related suit against Motorola, a case that was previously dismissed after the Cupertino company agreed to licensing terms laid out by the court.

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Google agrees to license Motorola patents, ending FTC's antitrust investigation

01/03/2013, 03:01 pm

Google has warded off an antitrust investigation from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission by agreeing to license certain patents to its rivals in the mobile phone business.

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Apple invents centralized Apple Store floor plan management system

01/03/2013, 08:01 am

A patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday offers a look into how Apple manages retail store operations worldwide, from dynamic product signage to customized floor plan layouts.

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Apple applies for iOS 'Notification Center' patent years after Google's 'Notification Bar'

01/03/2013, 07:01 am

A filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals that Apple is looking to patent the iOS Notification Center, a feature similar to Google's Notification Bar which allows mobile device users to keep tabs on a multitude of apps from a central hub.

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Apple says Samsung should halt US litigation after withdrawing EU complaints

01/02/2013, 05:01 pm

In a response filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday, Apple accuses Samsung of filing a motion to strike to avoid "inconvenient facts" regarding company's conflicting decisions to withdraw SEP-related litigation in Europe but continue pursuit of identical claims in America.

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ITC judge: Samsung should post massive bond ahead of US sales ban

12/30/2012, 03:12 am

Samsung products found to infringe on certain Apple patents may be subject to a sales ban if the U.S. International Trade Commission affirms and adopts an initial determination filed by one of its administrative law judges, who also recommended the Korean company post a huge bond worth 88 percent of its U.S. smartphone sales.

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