On April 28, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the "Messages" icon under application 85018959. Apple has filed their trademark under the single International Class 009 covering "Text and multimedia messaging software," according to the filing.
On April 28, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the iPhone/iPod touch homepage "Calculator" icon under application85018947. Apple has filed their trademark under the single International Class 009 that Apple describes as covering "Computer software for use as a standard and scientific calculator."
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twelve newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. The two notables within this group includes one that relates to controlling the tempo of music on an iPod to motivate users while jogging or working out - while the other is a major multitouch gesturing patent that includes virtual keyboards and/or larger surface computers.
The US Patent & Trademark Office has published Apple's illustrative trademark application for the Magic Mouse under application85008755. Apple has filed their trademark under International Class 009 which covers computer peripherals.
On April 22, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published an obscure patent of Apple's titled "Scheme for Authenticating without Password Exchange" which revealed a little something unexpected. Buried within the patent images of this patent we find a flowchart listing a touch screen that could be associated with both a Macbook and a small form factor desktop. This supports two of Apple's January patent applications regarding a touch screen iMac and MacBook.
The US Patent & Trademark Office has published Apple's latest trademark applications for "iBooks" and "iBookStore" under applications 85008412 and 85008432 respectively. Apple has filed both of their trademarks under the same six International Classes covering such things as computers, computer software, computer application software for mobile phones, portable media players; Printed matter; Advertising and marketing services; telecommunication services; Educational and entertainment services and lastly design and development of computer hardware and software.
The US Patent & Trademark Office has published an Apple packaging design trademark application relating to the iPad under application 85007501. Apple has oddly filed their trademark under International Class 009 which really doesn't cover packaging as does Class 016.
The US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for "iTunes U" under application 85002469. Apple has filed their trademark under two International Classes which mainly covers their online retail store, educational and entertainment services.
Christina Warrens of Mashable covered our iTunes Concert Ticket + report last week and added that "Delta Airlines, which is headquartered in my hometown, supports digital boarding passes at some of its bigger airports. I love this because it is one less thing to print out and one fewer line to stand in for a boarding pass." Well, Apple appears to agree with that thinking because they're working on a new travel check-in application that they're simply calling "iTravel." Apple is obviously working with the Airlines to ensure that the iPhone will be up to standard when new ticketless systems roll out in the coming years. Apple's iTravel focuses on such matters as airline check-in and baggage identification, advanced electronic ID, car rentals, hotel and airline reservations and so forth. Apple's iTravel is yet another Near Field Communications based application within a host of recent revelations. It would appear, at least on the surface – that Apple may be working on a new suite of NFC related applications for a future iPhone. Perhaps such a suite could be ready by the time they roll out their iPhone 4G next year.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 15 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Besides winning 5 design patents covering the iPod Classic and iPod nano, the notables within this group include one that relates to the iPod being used as a remote control and another that relates to color correction information in a camera. The latter is perhaps the most interesting granted patent published today - due to the fact that Apple has just filed a patent infringement law suit against Kodak. Yet on a second note, Apple's aggressiveness against Kodak could also be a sign that Apple is planning yet a further push into cameras in the future that cover both digital still and video cameras. Apple's granted patent image noted above is not that of an iPod camera but rather a traditional stand alone camera which is in line with a patent application they filed in July 2009. While today's granted patent could have simply been covering a basic "conceptual camera" for illustration purposes only, one could never know what Apple has on their roadmap until they announce it. Stay tuned.
In February, Eastman Kodak Company filed a patent infringement complaint with the US International Trade Commission against Apple Inc. over digital camera technology used in the iPhone. It was revealed today in court documents that Apple Inc filed a counter suit against Eastman Kodak on April 15, 2010. The intellectual property patent suit was filed in the California Northern District Court. Apple claims that Kodak has infringed on two of their granted patents and lists the products under violation. Apple is seeking a trial by jury.
Intel's CEO Paul Otellini kicked off his January 2010 keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a bang when he stated that we were "on the cusp of a new era in computing: An era of personal computing, essentially where we have many devices for every person - For computing is increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives. These changes are transforming the industry and they're transforming Intel." One of the key forces behind this change was Intel's acquisition of Wind River. Their footprint on Intel was felt throughout several of this spring's IDF keynotes and our report's first graphic, in fact, is titled Welcome to the Embedded World to make that point crystal clear. Yet the news that will be most interesting to Macites this day – is in how obsessed Intel is over Apple's iPhone. Intel wants to challenge Apple in the smartphone sector and in order to that they're aggressively creating a new developer platform to sideline Apple and the iPhone. You have to wonder if Intel once believed that by wooing Apple over to the Intel architecture that they'd eventually gain Apple's favor in creating future smartphones and netbooks based on Intel. The iPhone seems to grind on Intel and I don't know whether to laugh or be concerned. Time will tell.
A newly published Apple continuation patent today relates to a next generation Apple virtual store. The patent titled "Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere" illustrates that the virtual store will involve some 3D dynamic whereby "Apple Reps" will greet online visitors to assist them with their purchases and/or answer questions about specific products. Apple was granted a related patent titled "Method, system, and medium for representing visitor activity in an online store" in February of this year. Apple's continual push on this front, at minimum, shows us that they're keeping this interesting project alive.
There's no missing the point that Apple wants to enter the electronic concert and event ticket business via a new application and system simply called "Concert Ticket +." The system that is laid out in this extraordinarily detailed patent, points to a new iTunes based web service for tickets that will naturally enhance the iTunes music empire. Apple definitely envisions a way to revolutionize the entire current concert ticket process so as to eliminate paper while enhancing the concert or event experience. Today's patent reviews the basics of this new system as well as review the benefits of such a system which could include the concert goer receiving such things as a live recording of the concert they just attended or access to exclusive artist interviews or refreshments. Surprisingly, the patent goes far beyond concerts as well - so as to cover sporting events, amusement park admissions and rides (think Disney), a wedding invitation system and a lot more. In fact, one of the events that the report covers includes Apple's World Wide Developer Conference 2010.