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Another good day for Cupertino company – Hong Kong IP Office has recently granted Apple 16 patents for its devices. Fifteen of them are design patents dedicated to both black and white iPhones and the odd one deals with Apple's new EarPods and the way they look. Let’s dig a bit deeper into the issue.
Apple has invented flexible components that will suit its much-rumored iWatch. Apart from flexible battery, flexible displays that can wrap around the wrist were also patented earlier. The invention can be used for any bendable product. Apple describes that the components can be employed in “wristwatches, calculators, laptop computers, tablet computers, and/or music players, to name but a few.”
Flexible battery packs for use in electronic devices are disclosed. In one embodiment of the present disclosure, the flexible battery pack may include a plurality of cells, such as galvanic or photovoltaic cells. The battery pack also may include a plurality of laminate layers coupled to the cells that include a top laminate layer and a bottom laminate layer. An adhesive may be used to couple the top and bottom laminate layers together such that each of the plurality of cells is isolated from each other. This arrangement may allow the battery to be shaped to fit a form factor of the electronic device. This arrangement also may allow one or more of the cells to be selectively removed from the plurality, which may be desirable from a manufacturing perspective.
So we may assume that these published patents will heat up the rumors about mysterious iWatch.
Bloomberg reports that Apple has filed a trademark for “iWatch” in Japan, according to a filing with the Japan Patent Office from early June. The filing, which was reportedly made publicly available last week, is in reference to an Apple “handheld computer” or “watch device.”
This does not mean that Apple will release iWatch, but it certainly fuels speculation that an Apple-branded smartwatch is in the works.
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.
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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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.
Patently Apple reported on a two car-related patent applications from Apple, one helping you
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.
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.
"iPad mini" trademark specimen
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.
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.
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.
iOS version of Xiaoi (center and right) and Android version of Xiaoi (left)
As Shanghai Daily
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.
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.
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.