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Apple files trademark for the new green FaceTime icon





PatentlyApple reports that Apple has filed a trademark for its new green FaceTime icon that debuted with iOS 7.

Earlier this week Apple filed a trademark application for their redesigned "FaceTime" icon under number 85968558. This is likely to be the beginning of many trademark filings to follow to cover the other new icons.

The trademark filing likely indicates that this icon is set for iOS 7 and won't change.




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Monday, July 1st, 2013. 14:12

ITC rules Apple violates Samsung patent, limited ban could apply to some iPhones and iPads



The United States Trade Agency has ruled that Apple has violated one of Samsung’s smartphone and tablet-related patents.

Under the modified constructions, the Commission has determined that Samsung has proven that the accused iPhone 4 (AT&T models); iPhone 3GS (AT&T models); iPhone 3 (AT&T models); iPad 3G (AT&T models); and iPad 2 3G (AT&T models) infringe the asserted claims of the ’348 patent. The Commission has further determined that the properly construed claims have not been proven by Apple to be invalid and that Samsung has proven that a domestic industry exists in the United States with respect to the ‘348 patent. The Commission has determined that Apple failed to prove an affirmative defense based on Samsung’s FRAND declarations.


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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013. 16:40

Apple Is Seeking To Add Samsung Galaxy S4 To Patent Suit In U.S.



According to a report from FOSS Patents, Apple is seeking to add Samsung's Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone to an ongoing patent lawsuit against Samsung in the United States.

Judge Lucy Koh has already ordered Samsung and Apple to narrow their case, which is scheduled to go to trial in March next year. Each side will be required to limit their accused products to ten (per side). At the current stage the companies have pared their lists to 22 products each.


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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013. 19:48

Apple Patents: iPhone Used As Car’s Smart-Key And Parking Locator For Cars



Patently Apple reported on a two car-related patent applications from Apple, one helping you locate your car that is parked in a large car-park, the other allowing you to use the iPhone as a smart-key.

The smart-key concept is based on using a Bluetooth connection from the iPhone to unlock the car, which could be performed either manually or through a proximity rule, unlocking the car as you approach it.


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Judge Said Google And Apple Are Using Litigation As A Business Strategy



In an ongoing case where Google’s Motorola and Apple have accused each other of infringing a number of patents since 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Scola noted in his order that both companies have not interest in achieving a settlement. According to Bloomberg, Scola said in the order:


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Thursday, April 11th, 2013. 21:57

Apple’s Trademark Application For 'iPad Mini' Initially Denied



  "iPad mini" trademark specimen

Patently Apple reported over the weekend that Apple's trademark application for the "iPad mini" term was refused by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but The Verge Nilay Patel noted that the refusal was just a first office action.

The examiner’s major objection to the application is that the term is descriptive and doesn't create a unique trade mark that should be protected. The examiner said that all parts of the term ( namely, "i", "Pad", and "mini" elements) are not unique to this product.


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Monday, April 1st, 2013. 21:28

Apple has been hit with $530,000 lawsuit in China



M.I.C Gadget reports that a new lawsuit at Apple were filed by the Shanghai Animation Film Studio. Apple allegedly permitted the sale of films without the consent of the Studio. Given that Apple does not directly sell the audio or video content through the iTunes Store in China, it seems that the problem is with movies provided through third-party applications in the App Store.

 


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Saturday, March 30th, 2013. 22:23

Apple examines possibility of flexible display appliance for iPhone



The United States Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent application (via AppleInsider), which offers the possibility of using a flexible display in iPhone or in other mobile device with transparent cover as glass tubing or other form. The display would be able to cover the edges and backside of the device, even to make a more visible area.

 


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Thursday, March 28th, 2013. 21:06

Apple Is Facing Patent Infringement Lawsuit Over Siri In China



 iOS version of Xiaoi (center and right) and Android version of Xiaoi (left)

As Shanghai Daily reports, Apple is facing a suit in China from a local company claiming that Siri infringes on its patent rights. The court in Shanghai will hold a pre-hearing today where Apple and the plaintiff, Shanghai Zhi Zhen, should exchange evidence. The report notes:


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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013. 21:27

Patent Holding Company Intertrust Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Apple



According to The Wall Street Journal, patent holding company Intertrust has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that Cupertino-based company infringes on 15 of its patents. Intertrust licenses and invents technologies for digital rights management and currently holds more than 150 patents.


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Thursday, March 21st, 2013. 1:50

Apple's iWatch isn't the next revolution



Bloomberg reports that Swatch CEO Nick Hayek does not believe that potential iWatch could replace the iPhone. At a press conference in Grenchen, Switzerland, Hayek hinted that a smart watch from Apple will fail due to the small size of the display.

 


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Saturday, March 9th, 2013. 14:35

Apple was granted a patent for protection from accidentally clicking on device



Today Apple received a 2009 patent application. It allows users to control the device by pressing or squeezing parts of the cover. Illustration of a range of different devices in the patent reveals potentially sensitive to touch areas.

 


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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013. 20:06

New Apple Patent Application Reveals Slap Bracelet With Flexible Display



A new patent application from Apple discloses a new "bracelet" device with a wraparound design where the display would cover the whole outer surface. Although the word "watch" is not mention anywhere in the patent application filed back in August 2011, the wearable device described in the patent could clearly serve as a smart watch.


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Thursday, February 21st, 2013. 22:06

Apple New Patent Could Help Prevent Blurry Or Dark IPhone Photos



Today US patent and trademark office published a new Apple’s patent application describing methods that would enable an iPhone to take and buffer several photos before the shutter release is pressed and then automatically choose the best one.


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Thursday, February 14th, 2013. 22:26

Apple Invents Depth Perception System And Cash Dispensing Network



The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published two interesting patent applications filed by Apple. One of them described embodiments of laser projection and a depth perception system.

PatentlyApple covered the patent and outlined several possibilities of using a laser source and cameras to detect the distance from an object and implement different applications based on the distance determined. The report described how Apple could use the invention, for example, in iMacs. PatentlyApple also explained how Apple could use laser projected keyboard invention (pictured above).


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Thursday, January 31st, 2013. 22:00