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Topic: patents

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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Apple's 'audio hyperlink' tech can control devices with inaudible sonic pulses

08/08/2013, 05:08 am

An Apple patent filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes a method of encoding hyperlinks into an audio stream, offering content creators the ability to link to other media, or control a device's user interface, with a song or podcast.

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Apple wins appeal reinstating ITC case against Google's Motorola

08/07/2013, 12:08 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Apple on Wednesday, reinstating the company's complaint against Google-owned Motorola Mobility.

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Apple, Inc. gets its fingerprints on advanced touch sensor, appears difficult for Android to copy

08/07/2013, 04:08 am

In a market saturated with smartphones that all increasingly look the same, Apple wants its next iPhone to stand out and be difficult for cloners to duplicate.

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South Korean government expresses concern over Obama's veto in Apple-Samsung patent dispute

08/05/2013, 12:08 pm

As Samsung has lost over a billion dollars in market value, the South Korean government has shown concern that the company's patent rights may be negatively affected following a presidential veto in its U.S.-based intellectual property dispute with Apple.

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Presidential veto in favor of Apple expected to alter future patent litigation strategies

08/05/2013, 09:08 am

Patent disputes in the U.S. could change significantly, with the International Trade Commission playing a less important role, following a veto from President Barack Obama's administration in the ongoing Apple-Samsung litigation.

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Samsung's vetoed push for an ITC ban against Apple, Inc., in pictures

08/05/2013, 06:08 am

While efforts by Apple and Samsung to enforce their respective patent rights are often equated as back-and-forth arguments among twin giants who irrationally refuse to settle their legal disputes rather than innovate and compete in the market, there's a vast difference between the legitimacy of their respective intellectual property claims and what each company is demanding.

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President Obama vetoes Samsung ban on Apple, Inc. iPhones, iPads

08/03/2013, 03:08 pm

Acting on behalf of the Obama administration, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced it would veto the ban on older iPhone and iPad models ordered by International Trade Commission.

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ITC delays ruling on possible Samsung product ban

08/01/2013, 06:08 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday filed an extension of its decision on whether Samsung infringed on certain Apple patents, a claim that could see a sales ban of products made by the South Korean tech giant.

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