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Topic: patents

Jury awards Apple $290 million in patent infringement case with Samsung

11/21/2013, 03:11 pm

A jury of eight granted Apple $290 million in damages from rival Samsung on Thursday, in exchange for the South Korean electronics maker copying the patented software and hardware designs of the iPhone and iPad.


Apple files patent for Touch ID sensor found in iPhone 5s

11/21/2013, 01:11 pm

The United States Patent & Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering the electronic packaging and sapphire lens of the company's new Touch ID fingerprint sensors.


As Apple-Samsung trial drags on, jurors deliberate their lunch options

11/21/2013, 10:11 am

More than week into the retrial between Apple and Samsung, jurors are still deliberating how much money to award Apple for patent infringement by Samsung. But the jury has already come to a negative conclusion about their daily sourdough bread sandwiches.


Apple's Siri may offer crowd-sourced answers to user queries

11/14/2013, 06:11 am

Apple's Siri may soon get more of a human touch as the Cupertino company is investigating the viability of using crowd-sourced information to broaden the virtual assistant's answer database.


Apple's pressure-sensitive touchscreen possibly revealed in patent

11/12/2013, 05:11 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday published an Apple patent describing a "button" that is not only touch sensitive, but can detect multiple levels of pressure, allowing for an input method advanced beyond anything available today.


Apple scores back to back wins vs. Google's Motorola in German, ITC patent cases

11/08/2013, 05:11 pm

Apple gained two favorable court decisions in its patent battles with Google's Motorola subsidiary today, one in Germany and other at the U.S. International Trade Commission.


Apple's Bluetooth-based wireless hotspot tech prime candidate for 'iWatch'

11/07/2013, 05:11 am

An Apple patent filing published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details a wireless network sharing technology that leverages low-power Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi, making it a prime candidate for small devices like the much-rumored "iWatch."


Apple's home automation tech taps iPhone, Mac hardware for intelligent user tracking

11/05/2013, 04:11 am

In an interesting and somewhat exhaustive patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday, the company outlines technology that can adaptively track a user's location and use the data to intelligently control secondary devices at another locale, such as home appliances.


Apple investigating built-in solar power converters for iPhone, MacBook

10/31/2013, 06:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a unique solar-ready power management system that can be integrated into the company's portable product lineup, negating the need for bulky external converters.


Apple invention controls content access based on a person's physical features

10/24/2013, 06:10 am

An Apple invention filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes a system that can automatically perform media playback operations based on a human's features, like stopping an adult movie when a child enters the room.


Apple patent filing hints at future iBooks gifting options

10/24/2013, 05:10 am

While Apple and book publishers have yet to come to an agreement on gifting e-books, the company is making active preparations for a possible rollout with a unique gifting method that allows users to buy and personalize items in-app.


Apple's multitouch 'Steve Jobs patent' revalidated in full by USPTO

10/17/2013, 06:10 pm

Some nine months after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a tentative first Office action invalidating an Apple multitouch patent credited in part to cofounder Steve Jobs, the body has reversed its initial determination to confirm all claims as patentable.


Samsung raises white flag in standard-essential patent clash in Europe

10/17/2013, 11:10 am

Seeking a détente in the ongoing antitrust case brought against it by the European Union, Samsung has offered to put a halt to lawsuits over standard-essential patents for a period of five years.


Apple files appeal to broaden ITC import ban against Samsung

10/15/2013, 09:10 pm

In a court filing made last week, it was revealed that Apple has officially lodged an appeal of unfavorable decisions made by the U.S. International Trade Commission in its decision to levy an import ban against certain Samsung products.


Apple's Cover Flow-like 3D desktop UI uses tilt controls to peek around windows

10/15/2013, 06:10 am

Apple is looking into a new desktop user interface that puts two- and three-dimensional application windows in a unique browsable "parade" view, much like the company's Cover Flow GUI used in iTunes and iOS apps.


iPhone IP Wars: Apple & the thorny issues of patent protection

10/12/2013, 05:10 pm

In 2007 Apple introduced iPhone, emphasizing that virtually every significant aspect of its entirely new experience and industrial design was protected by patents. So far, however, the U.S. patent system has provided inconsistent protections for Apple inventions, while at the same time supporting dubious patent monetization schemes brought against the company.


Apple patent application shows off space-saving, magnetically-secured SIM tray

10/10/2013, 07:10 pm

A new patent application from Apple reveals that the company is working on mechanisms that will eliminate the need for a SIM ejector tool and its resulting internal hardware, potentially allowing the iPhone maker to build future handsets with even slimmer form factors.


White House declines to stop ban on Samsung products in Apple patent case

10/08/2013, 10:10 am

The White House on Tuesday declined to intervene and prevent a ban on the sale of certain Samsung products accused of infringing on Apple patents.


Product ban looms for Samsung in patent spat with Apple

10/07/2013, 01:10 pm

An ITC import ban on some older models of Samsung smartphones will go into effect at 12 a.m. Eastern on Oct. 8, unless the Obama administration vetoes the action as it did for Apple.


Apple investigating advanced velocity-sensitive touch input methods

10/03/2013, 02:10 pm

Apple's touchscreens can measure not only where you tap, but also how hard you tap — and that velocity sensing functionality may become even more advanced in the future, a new patent application reveals.