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Topic: patents

Apple invention changes iPhone user authentication settings based on location

07/03/2014, 05:07 am

A patent application published on Thursday reveals an Apple solution that dynamically changes a mobile device's user interface, security levels and other behaviors based on its location, whether it be at the office or in a user's home.


Samsung & Quinn Emmanuel ordered to pay Apple, Nokia over $2M for leaking secrets

06/23/2014, 08:06 pm

Samsung and itsQuinn Emmanuel attorneys have been ordered to pay over $2 million in legal fees to Apple and Nokia related to the leaking of their confidential patent licensing agreement.


Apple invents iPhone camera lens actuator made of artificial muscle

06/19/2014, 07:06 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a method of constructing a camera lens actuator that uses a single artificial muscle structure rather than traditional motors to control focus and aperture size.


Apple invention uses iPhone and wearable sensors to monitor activities, automate alarms and notifications

06/19/2014, 06:06 am

A batch of Apple patent filings published on Thursday describe a system of interconnected sensors -- some being wearable devices -- that work with an iPhone hub to monitor activity levels, dynamically set or cancel alarms and manage push notification settings, among other automated tasks.


Apple, Samsung 'trying to find common ground' in patent war - report

06/18/2014, 10:06 am

A resolution to the long-running intellectual property battle between Apple and Samsung could be drawing near, as a Wednesday report out of South Korea suggested that the tech titans are working toward an agreement that would allow their important supplier relationship to continue.


Apple and Samsung agree to drop cross-appeal of ITC embargo ruling

06/15/2014, 05:06 am

In a pair of filings with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit earlier this week, both Apple and Samsung dropped their respective appeals of an ITC order to block sales of certain Samsung products, agreeing further pursuit on the issue would be unfruitful.


Apple's smarter Smart Cover would keep users up to date with illuminated alerts

06/12/2014, 05:06 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced iPad Smart Cover containing illumination and communication elements that light up to alert users to incoming messages, low battery warnings and other notifications.


Apple patent hints at iWatch-enabled weightlifting tracker

06/10/2014, 05:06 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a weightlifting tracking system that uses a standalone sensor to transmit metrics to a remote display, which in some cases include a wristwatch.


Future EarPods may use sensors to detect users' ears, control noise cancellation and music playback

05/29/2014, 06:05 am

In the shadow of Apple's recent acquisition of Beats Electronics, known for its aftermarket headphone hardware, a pair of Apple patent filings published on Thursday show an earbud design that can detect user's presence based on data from onboard sensors.


Apple granted patent for embedding sapphire displays in LiquidMetal iPhone chassis

05/27/2014, 04:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent describing a process in which an iPhone's display glass -- including sapphire -- is integrally joined with a bezel made out of amorphous metal alloy, namely LiquidMetal.


Google's current stance on patents with Android would have prevented Google from ever having existed

05/25/2014, 11:05 pm

Just over 15 years ago, two Stanford University students set out to commercialize PageRank, a brilliant new search engine concept they'd developed to organize the Internet's vast array of information. However, the same intellectual property rights Google now opposes in regard to Android would have prevented Larry Page and Sergey Brin from ever having got their company off the ground back then.


Apple tech would use mechanical shutters to protect sensitive iPhone audio components

05/22/2014, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering an active system that protects sensitive acoustic components like microphones and speakers from damage.


Apple wins broad injunction against Samsung in The Netherlands over bounce-back patent

05/20/2014, 05:05 pm

Samsung lost an appeal in the Netherlands over its infringement of Apple's bounce-back patent, resulting in a broad injunction against selling accused devices and all other infringing devices that Samsung has introduced or will introduce.


Apple says it's willing to settle, but inflammatory comments from Samsung suggest it isn't

05/20/2014, 09:05 am

While Apple and Samsung are said to once again be in talks to settle their ongoing patent disputes, Apple has said that comments from Samsung's lawyers portraying the iPhone maker as "jihadist" suggest that such talks might just be a waste of time.


Apple updates solar patent to include multitouch, flexible displays

05/20/2014, 06:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a modified version of a property covering solar panel integration in portable devices, widening the invention's reach to cover electronics with transparent multitouch screens like the iPhone.


Apple, Samsung reignite patent lawsuit settlement talks - report

05/19/2014, 07:05 am

Following Apple's most recent legal victory in California, and the news that both it and Google have agreed to end litigation with each other, Apple is said to have renewed settlement talks with Samsung, in an effort to end all ongoing lawsuits between the two rivals.


Japanese court rules Samsung abused FRAND patents against Apple

05/17/2014, 06:05 pm

Apple made legal progress in its battle with Samsung over patents in Japan this week when the Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung had indeed illegally abused its Standards Essential Patents to demand a sales ban and excessive royalties against the iPhone maker.


Atom-sized, bendable graphene touchscreen tech seen as potential key for future Apple devices

05/15/2014, 04:05 pm

Rigid glass touchscreens may give way to bendable, foldable portable displays in the future, thanks to utilizing graphene --an advanced technology that has generated interest from Apple, Samsung and others.


New Apple tech helps prevent misdirected messages and emails

05/15/2014, 04:05 am

An Apple invention published on Thursday illustrates a simple yet effective way to remind a user of who is on the other end of a text message or group chat, a problem that is the bane of people who juggle multiple conversations at once.


Future iPhones may feature interactive sidewall displays with virtual buttons

05/13/2014, 06:05 am

As the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone draws near, new documents discovered on Tuesday reveal the company is already looking ahead to future versions of the handset that may sport functional wrap-around displays.