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Topic: patents

Apple loses appeal of UK ruling in patent case against Samsung

10/18/2012, 05:10 am

Apple on Thursday lost an appeal of a previous UK ruling that said Samsung did not copy the look and feel of the iPad.

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ITC will investigate VirnetX claims against Apple

10/16/2012, 06:10 pm

In a statement published on Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission announced it has agreed to investigate a complaint from software maker VirnetX, which asserts that certain Apple wireless-enabled devices infringe its patents.

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New Apple tech can detect, alert iPhone owners of unauthorized use

10/16/2012, 06:10 am

Among the flurry of patents granted to Apple on Tuesday, an interesting invention regarding iPhone security was discovered, with the property describing various methods to protect sensitive data if an unauthorized user gets hold of the device.

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Apple granted patent for iOS multitasking user interface

10/16/2012, 06:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for a method which allows smartphone users to quickly switch between multiple open apps, a feature many iOS device owners have come to find indispensable.

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Apple's patented tech can make an iPhone a 3D remote control

10/16/2012, 06:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a three-dimensional remote control system that can employ both absolute and relative position detection to manipulate on-screen graphical assets, much like Nintentdo's Wii gaming console.

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Apple appeals Japan court's pro-Samsung ruling in patent infringement suit

10/15/2012, 06:10 pm

In Apple's ongoing worldwide patent litigation with Samsung, the company on Monday filed for an appeal of a Tokyo District Court ruling that said the Korean electronics giant did not infringe on certain utility patents.

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Apple wins stay of Korean iPhone, iPad sales ban

10/11/2012, 04:10 pm

It was reported on Thursday that a Seoul court has granted Apple's request to stay a sales ban against both the iPhone and iPad after an August ruling found the products to be in violation of Samsung's patents.

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Microsoft expands Motorola patent case to target Google Maps

10/11/2012, 02:10 pm

Microsoft announced in a German court today that it would be expanding its patent infringement case against Motorola to include Google, specifically targeting the search giant's maps service for Android.

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Appeals court reverses ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Apple patent dispute

10/11/2012, 12:10 pm

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday overturned a ruling that barred sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, allowing the device to go back on sale.

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Apple invents technique to hide integral internal components in plain sight

10/11/2012, 06:10 am

An Apple patent filing discovered on Thursday reveals the company is researching a system in which the internals of a device such as the iPhone are hidden behind a "window" that can change states from opaque to transparent, allowing users to reveal a component when it's needed and hide it when it's not.

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Apple investigating handwriting and selective touch recognition

10/11/2012, 06:10 am

A pair of patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveal Apple is investigating the use of heuristics in its mobile devices to deliver a more realistic digital representation of handwriting, as well as selective touch input that ignores extraneous touch events.

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UN roundtable tackles wireless patent disputes between Apple, Samsung, others

10/10/2012, 02:10 pm

Apple was joined by Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others in a meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday that discussed the potential patent litigation reform in the lawsuit-saturated wireless industry.

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Continuation of Apple's 'Slide-to-unlock' patent covers 'open-to-app' functionality

10/09/2012, 06:10 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a continuation of its hotly-contested "slide-to-unlock" patent, bringing further functionality to the invention that has already been used in the company's ongoing patent litigation.

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Apple patents device-to-device location-sharing technology

10/09/2012, 05:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for the formation and tracking of location-sharing groups without the need for a cellular network, much like a decentralized version of the technology powering the company's "Find My Friends" iOS app.

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Lodsys reports momentum in licensing of in-app purchasing patent

10/08/2012, 10:10 pm

A pair of blog postings to Lodsys Group's website on Monday offer a brief update regarding the company's ongoing patent licensing disputes against app makers over certain in-app purchasing inventions, and claim more developers are buckling to the firm's demands.

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Motorola says reduction of German Android devices was planned, not linked to patent rulings

10/08/2012, 06:10 pm

In a statement on Monday, Google's Motorola Mobility claims the quiet removal of a number of Android-based devices from the German market was part of a strategy to focus on newer products, not the result of unfavorable rulings in patent cases involving Apple and Microsoft.

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Years of patent suit losses prompted Apple to strike back with iPhone filings

10/08/2012, 08:10 am

Apple's patent filings and subsequent attacks related to the iPhone were reportedly a part of a "deliberate decision over the last decade," stemming from its own losses in intellectual property lawsuits.

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Apple's 'shake to print' concept would add custom printing options to iOS devices

10/04/2012, 12:10 pm

A pair of new patent filings reveal a concept from Apple that would allow users to select custom settings for printing by moving or interacting with an iPhone or iPad in unique ways.

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Apple looking into hybrid wireless headphones for "active" users

10/04/2012, 06:10 am

A patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is investigating a unique set of headphones, designed to withstand the rigors of athletic activity by eliminating the need for cumbersome cords.

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Apple offered Samsung UMTS cross-licensing agreement prior to trial

10/03/2012, 10:10 pm

It was revealed in a court filing this week that prior to its California patent trial against Samsung, Apple proposed a mutual agreement regarding cross-licensing patented 3G/UMTS technologies with the Korean company under what it considered to be FRAND terms.

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