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Topic: patents

FTC, Google finalize antitrust settlement over Motorola's standard-essential patents

07/24/2013, 02:07 pm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with Google in which it will license standard-essential patents it obtained from Motorola under FRAND terms.


Apple patent lets iPhone users share photos, music with on hold callers

07/23/2013, 05:07 am

An interesting patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes a method in which a first iPhone user can share stored content, like pictures or location data, with a second iPhone user that is put on hold during a call.


Apple's dual-sensor imaging patent promises higher quality iPhone pictures

07/23/2013, 05:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for an imaging system that processes data from multiple sensors to detect and correct for various photographic anomalies, such as defective pixels, lens aberrations, and ineffective demosaicing, among others.


Apple details in-display fingerprint sensor tech in patent filing from AuthenTec cofounder

07/18/2013, 04:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published one of the first AuthenTec patent applications assigned to Apple, with the property describing an advanced method of fingerprint identification that can be embedded into a mobile device's display.


Patent reveals Apple's process for mass producing Liquidmetal alloy

07/17/2013, 01:07 pm

While Apple has yet to employ the unique amorphous alloy known as Liquidmetal in any of its products in a meaningful way, a newly granted patent details a way to mass produce the material in thin sheets.


Apple granted patent for multitouch-enabled virtual CAD tools

07/16/2013, 04:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for an app and GUI pertaining to multitouch virtual drafting tools, like rulers and protractors, which can be applied to portable devices like the iPad.


Apple looks to patent hybrid input device that uses motion, touch for next-level control

07/11/2013, 04:07 am

In a patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple details a hybrid input peripheral that boasts built-in inertial sensors and an external touchpad, affording users a large range of motion and fine-tuned control with one device.


Apple files for stay on ITC ban for legacy iPhones and iPads

07/09/2013, 09:07 pm

In a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday, Apple requested the body stay an import ban against older model iPhones and iPads while a court considers an appeal on the ruling.


Apple's safe automotive telematics patent mates touchscreen with tactile controls

07/09/2013, 04:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a touchscreen-based telematics system that incorporates embedded controls, such as knobs, sliders, and switches, with a tactile display to give driver's feedback so they can keep their eyes on the road.


Apple's Waze-like navigation system creates routes based on user ratings, real-time accident reporting

07/04/2013, 05:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple application for a method of generating car travel routes based on user preference and crowd-sourced real-time traffic data.


Apple looking into self-adjusting earbud headphones with noise cancellation tech

07/04/2013, 05:07 am

An Apple patent application discovered on Thursday describes a set of earbud type headphones that automatically adjust audio output based on seal quality, with necessary impedance data gathered by built-in microphones or electrical current measurements.


Boston University patent suit over Apple's iPhone 5 could net $75M

07/03/2013, 10:07 am

Apple's iPhone is at the center of another patent dispute, as the Trustees of Boston University have filed suit against the Cupertino company, alleging that not only the iPhone 5 but also the iPad and MacBook Air infringe on a BU professor's patent.


Apple's 'smart bezel' hides portions of a device display until needed, acts as secondary input

07/02/2013, 06:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a touch-sensitive bezel that can serve as a secondary mode of input for devices with small screens, as well as change from transparent to opaque upon sensing a user's finger.


Apple says it may file new patent suit targeting Samsung Galaxy S4

06/27/2013, 09:06 am

A judge this week rejected Apple from adding Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone to an existing lawsuit, causing Apple to signal it may file a new suit to target the device.


Apple invention combines SD card slot and USB input into one port

06/27/2013, 05:06 am

A patent application discovered on Thursday shows Apple is actively looking for more ways to slim down its MacBook lineup, with the invention illustrating a combination SD card slot and USB port.


Apple patent filing hints at ideal 'iRadio' solution with playlist customization and 'comparing'

06/27/2013, 05:06 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application that envisions an ideal Internet radio system, complete with powerful playlist customization and sharing features which may still make it into a future version of iTunes Radio.


Samsung in talks to settle EU antitrust case involving Apple & essential patents

06/25/2013, 08:06 am

Facing an antitrust lawsuit from the European Union for allegedly abusing its ownership of standard-essential patents, Samsung has reportedly begun talks with regulators to settle the charges before a trial can begin.


US Supreme Court sides with Apple, declines to hear appeal on patent case

06/24/2013, 10:06 am

Apple's victory in a high-profile patent infringement case will stand after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to revisit the lawsuit filed by Mirror Worlds LLC.


Apple's fingerprint sensor encapsulation tech could be headed for future iPhone

06/20/2013, 04:06 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple filing for a unique encapsulation structure which holds both a fingerprint sensor and its conductive bezel, allowing for a smaller, more protective final component suitable for a mobile device.


New patent lawsuit targets Apple over iPhone 5's call forwarding feature

06/19/2013, 03:06 pm

Apple is the target of yet another patent lawsuit, as a Texas-based telecommunications firm is suing the iPhone maker over the call forwarding feature built into the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.