The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we primarily cover Apple's newly granted patents relating to smart iDevice keyboards and 4G OFDM channelization. To close out our report we cover five new design wins for Apple and more.
Apple Receives Granted Patent for Smart Keyboard for a Multifunction Device with a Touch Screen Display
Apple has won important patents over the years and those relating to rubber-banding and pinch-to-zoom were strategic in winning their case with Samsung in August. Today, Apple has been granted another key iOS related patent. Apple has received a Granted Patent which relates to a method for displaying a text entry interface with a soft keyboard in a first area and a viewing area with a first size to display scrollable information. The method detects a finger gesture on the viewing area, and responds to the gesture. When the viewing area displays only a portion of the information, the response includes: (1) ceasing to display the soft keyboard, (2) expanding the viewing area to a second size, including at least some of the first area, and (3) scrolling the information in the expanded viewing area. When the viewing area with the first size displays all of the information, the response includes: (1) maintaining display of the soft keyboard, (2) keeping the viewing area at the first size, and (3) moving the information in the viewing area based on the finger gesture.
Apple credits Imran Chaudhri and Bas Ording as the inventors of granted patent 8,274,536 which was originally filed in Q3 2009 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Receives a Granted Patent for Systems and Methods for OFDM Channelization
As we pointed out in a September report, Apple has amassed 434 LTE patents to fend off potential lawsuits from competitors like Samsung. Today, Apple has received a Granted Patent for one of these patents which relate to channelization systems and methods for use in OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) systems, such as OFDM wireless networks.
Apple's patent FIG. 38 is a block diagram of a logical breakdown of an example OFDM transmitter architecture that might be used to implement some embodiments of the present invention; patent FIG. 24 is one diagram (of 3) illustrating diversity sub-channelization in which all of the sub-carriers are employed for diversity sub-channelization notwithstanding whether or not sub-band channels have been assigned.
Apple's granted patent 8,274,880 was originally filed in Q4 2006 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The inventors of this patent are noted as being from Canada which likely suggests that this patent may have originated with Nortel.
Knowing that Apple has amassed more than 434 LTE related patents, Patently Apple has now opened a new sidebar category archive titled OFDM, 4G & LTE to cover these patents as they're published by the US Patent and Trademark Office over time.
Apple Received Five Granted Design Patents Today
First Patent Round-Up
Over and above the granted patents that were specifically reported on today, we present you with links to six additional granted patents in our first patent round-up as follows:
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