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Topic: patents

Apple seeks patent for 'keyless keyboard' concept with haptic feedback

03/15/2018, 11:03 am

An Apple patent application for a "Keyless keyboard" suggests the company may be considering a major change to its peripherals and MacBook hardware, by effectively using a touchscreen to create a keyboard with more versatility than a physical version can ever provide.


Pair of Apple patent applications describe partial display updates for VR and AR headsets

03/15/2018, 09:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a pair of patent applications from Apple describing system of switching between selectively updating part of an LED display and the entire screen, one that is described in each application's abstract as being useful for virtual reality or augmented reality headsets.


BlackBerry sues Facebook over alleged messaging patent infringement

03/06/2018, 04:03 pm

BlackBerry on Tuesday launched a lawsuit against Facebook, arguing that services like WhatsApp and Instagram deliberately copy features from BlackBerry Messenger, one of the draws of BlackBerry's once-dominant smartphones.


Apple looks to patent charging case for Apple Watch & electronically-enhanced bands

02/27/2018, 09:02 am

A newly-published Apple patent application hints at the possibility of a charging case for the Apple Watch that could also hold spare bands -- and even charge those bands, if they're enhanced with special features.


Apple faces fresh USITC investigation over alleged Screen Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring patent infringement

11/14/2017, 06:11 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission has declared that it has launched an investigation of many of Apple's present and past products that use Screen Sharing and AirPlay Mirroring, after complaints from a company and its licensing subsidiary that develops cross-platform remote access solutions.


Apple calls $506M WARF patent ruling 'fraught with error' in start of appeal

10/26/2017, 11:10 am

Apple is beginning its appeal of a $506 million penalty for violating a patent belonging to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, calling both the original jury verdict and subsequent rulings "fraught with error."


Apple versus Samsung patent damages retrial slated to start May 14

10/26/2017, 09:10 am

The Apple v. Samsung patent damages retrial will begin May 14 and run for five days, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh has ruled, agreeing with a timeline proposed by both parties.


Apple investigating advanced 3D Touch technology with integrated feedback

10/19/2017, 03:10 am

Apple is continuing work on advanced haptic feedback technologies, with the latest development outlined in a patent application describing methods of dynamically attracting or repelling a cover glass depending on user input.


Qualcomm seeks to halt Apple's sales & manufacturing of iPhones in China

10/13/2017, 01:10 pm

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm has filed multiple lawsuits in China, looking to block both sales and manufacturing of iPhones in the country -- something that would cripple Apple worldwide, if successful.


Apple exploring 360-degree full VR helmet concept

10/12/2017, 02:10 pm

Apple is looking beyond augmented reality in the long run, as a new patent filing suggests the company has examined the potential of full virtual reality kits not just for product testing, but for consumers as well.


Apple seeks new patent for folding displays as rumors of a foldable OLED iPhone heat up

10/12/2017, 08:10 am

On the heels of a rumor that Apple is working with OLED maker LG on a future iPhone that could fold in half, a new patent application from the company describes the very same thing.


Patent holding firm picks up Sony & Nokia IP, files suit against Apple

10/10/2017, 05:10 pm

Non-practicing entity Ironworks Patents has filed a lawsuit against Apple, hoping to claim up to 12.5 cents per iPhone for U.S. patents originally belonging to Sony and Nokia.


Apple investigating self-adjusting Apple Watch bands

10/10/2017, 02:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a U.S. patent describing multiple methods of creating a self-adjusting Apple Watch band, designs that could one day replace magnetic clasps, velcro and other fasteners seen in current generation hardware.


US Justice Department says Supreme Court should deny Samsung request for Apple v. Samsung review

10/05/2017, 01:10 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday issued a recommendation against the Supreme Court reviewing a 2014 court verdict, which at the time awarded Apple almost $120 million for patent infringement by Samsung.


Apple patent for ultrasonic force sensor could lead to iPhone with under-screen Touch ID

09/26/2017, 05:09 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an ultrasound-based force and touch sensor that could lead to a thinner, less obstructive 3D Touch mechanism, a structure which was reportedly a barrier to below-screen Touch ID integration in iPhone X.


Future iPhones could sport front and back 3D Touch force detection

09/21/2017, 05:09 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday confirms the company's continued interest in advanced force detection technology, dubbed 3D Touch in Apple parlance, with a novel back-sensing configuration that could lead to thinner handset designs.


Qualcomm loses two key rulings in its patent royalty fight with Apple

09/21/2017, 12:09 am

Qualcomm got two bits of bad news today in its squabble with Apple. First, it has failed to force Apple's manufacturing partners to make royalty payments prior to a determination of what the total disputed royalties should be, and second it lost an effort to stop Apple from pursing antitrust cases against it in other countries.


Future Apple Watch straps might feature functional buttons, sense user touch

08/31/2017, 06:08 am

Apple is actively investigating methods of embedding electronic components into woven fabric materials, technology that might be applied to Apple Watch strap designs to offload user interfaces into physical space and expand device functionality.


Apple invention details AR mapping system for iPhone, head-mounted displays

07/27/2017, 05:07 am

An Apple invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday details a method of overlaying interactive digital information onto real-world environments displayed on a portable device screen, specifically data regarding navigation assets like points of interest.


Future AirPods might feature automated audio passthrough feature

07/20/2017, 06:07 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced in-ear headphone device that uses sensors and valves to seal out ambient noise in certain situations, while letting in and augmenting external sound in others.