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Topic: patents

Future iPhones could use 'life events' to manage hardware, software settings

09/17/2013, 06:09 am

Apple is looking into technology that would allow an iPhone to detect events in a user's everyday life, like going to church or changes in weather, and automatically reconfigure hardware and software settings to fit the situation.


Apple looks to geolocation for enhanced speech recognition

09/12/2013, 08:09 am

As Siri virtual assistant stands to gain hordes of new users around the world with the iPhone 5s and 5c, Apple is looking to improve accurate voice recognition through geolocation and localized language models.


Apple filing hints that sapphire may play larger role in future iOS devices

09/12/2013, 06:09 am

Apple may be looking to expand the use of sapphire in its iOS lineup, as a new company filing points to larger applications than covers for fingerprint sensors and camera covers, like entire device displays.


Apple, Motorola argue for reopening of dismissed patent suit

09/11/2013, 04:09 pm

Apple and Motorola were back in court again on Wednesday, arguing before the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as to whether the two company's patent dispute should be reopened again for retrial.


Apple granted patent on accelerometer-based anti-theft system

09/11/2013, 02:09 pm

Apple this week secured a patent that described an accelerometer-based anti-theft system, meaning that future iPhones and iPads may very well be able to sound the alarm if a thief tries to run off with them.


Apple tech uses specific gestures to unlock apps, device functions

09/03/2013, 04:09 am

A future version of iOS may feature a unique security method that recognizes different gesture inputs to open specific sets of apps, allowing for greater control over user access.


Apple working on iPhone video feature that automatically switches cameras during a FaceTime calls

08/29/2013, 07:08 am

A newly published patent application from Apple outlines teleconferencing and video capture technology that would process video from an iPhone's front and rear cameras simultaneously, and automatically determine which feed to stream based on voice or visual cues.


Apple researching display tech that can independently adjust appearance of UI elements

08/29/2013, 07:08 am

A patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is looking into a display adjustment system that can selectively change the appearance of multiple UI elements, a departure from the current global-only settings seen today.


Patent 'trolls' hit Apple with 171 lawsuits in last 5 years

08/28/2013, 09:08 am

After being hit with 171 lawsuits from non-practicing intellectual property owning entities in the last five years, Apple has further solidified its place as the No. 1 target for so-called patent "trolls."


Apple's 'silent disco' patent lets iOS device users hold distributed, private concerts

08/27/2013, 05:08 am

A somewhat offbeat patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday describes a method of providing iOS users with a 'silent disco' experience, where musical characteristics sampled from a roving DJ's track trigger playback of similar tunes on a local device.


Apple looking to turn the iPhone into an intelligent universal media, 'smart home' remote control

08/27/2013, 04:08 am

An Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a method in which a portable device, like the iPhone, can save, manage and recall entertainment and "smart home" system settings, called "scenes."


Judge denies Samsung a retrial over contentious Apple 'rubber-banding' patent

08/23/2013, 09:08 am

Judge Lucy Koh handed down a ruling on Thursday denying Samsung's motion to retry a high-profile patent case between the two rivals based on changes to the scope of Apple's so-called "rubber-banding" scrolling patent.


Apple looks to patent iPhone status sharing system similar to instant messaging apps

08/22/2013, 04:08 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday shows a system in which a caller can check another user's iPhone's status, that is whether a user is available to talk, before placing a call, in some ways like the "away" feature seen in IM clients.


Three Apple patents being reexamined by USPTO on anonymous requests

08/21/2013, 05:08 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has decided to comply with anonymous requests to reexamine a total of three Apple patents, all of which pertain to litigation with Samsung, with one also being asserted against Motorola in Florida.


Apple patents 3D gesture UI for iOS based on proximity sensor input

08/20/2013, 05:08 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday published an Apple patent for a method of generating and manipulating a three-dimensional object on a computing device, with the process controlled by special gestures made above a touchscreen's surface.


Apple looks to patent NFC-based 'gifting' for iTunes, currently owned media

08/15/2013, 06:08 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a system that allows users to "gift" media content from iTunes and their own library to other iOS device owners, with the transaction facilitated by near-field communication.


Apple researching flexible headphone connectors to stop potential breakage

08/15/2013, 05:08 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes an innovative headphone connector that uses flexible parts to protect against accidental breakage and costly equipment damage.


iPhone Patent Wars: Xerox PARC & the Apple, Inc. Macintosh: innovator, duplicator & litigator

08/10/2013, 02:08 am

Understanding Apple's intent to patent every valuable aspect of the intellectual property that went into creating iPhone in 2007 requires a look at what happened a quarter of a century earlier in the development of Apple's Macintosh.


The iPhone Patent Wars: Early patent skirmishes of Apple, Inc., in pictures

08/09/2013, 08:08 am

The iPhone Patent Wars have now been raging for nearly four years, not in the competitive market for smartphone sales, but rather in contentions over intellectual property, expressed in the government-enforced monopolies over inventions known as patents.


Lodsys drops patent suit against developer in exchange for mutual charity donation

08/08/2013, 12:08 pm

Lodsys, an intellectual property owner infamous for filing patent infringement lawsuits against iOS app developers, has settled with one company in exchange for a charity donation.