The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 41 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a major multitouch patent along with others that touch on editing iPad centric apps and stabilizing a FaceTime video conferencing session. We close out our report by providing you with a list of the remaining 31 granted patents that were granted to Apple today.
Apple Granted another Major Multitouch Patent
Apple has been granted another major multitouch patent and when it comes to the Apple vs. Samsung patent wars, every new major granted patent becomes important. Today's patent traces all the way back to 2004. Apple's patent covers 44 patents claims.
Apple's First Patent Claim reads as follows: A computer system comprising: a processor configured to execute instructions and to carry out operations associated with the computer system; a display device that is operatively coupled to the processor; a touch screen that is operatively coupled to the processor, the touch screen being a substantially transparent panel that is positioned in front of the display device, the touch screen being configured to track multiple objects, which rest on, tap on or move across the touch screen at the same time, the touch screen comprising: a first layer having a plurality of first transparent conductive lines that are electrically isolated from one another; and a second layer spatially separated from the first layer by one or more non-conducting members and having a plurality of second transparent conductive lines that are electrically isolated from one another, the plurality of second transparent conductive lines being positioned transverse to the plurality of first transparent conductive lines, the intersection of the plurality of first transparent conductive lines and the plurality of second transparent conductive lines forming mutual capacitance sensing nodes positioned at different locations in the plane of the touch screen; one of the plurality of first transparent conductive lines and the plurality of second transparent conductive lines being driving lines and the other being sensing lines; the sensing lines being coupled to filters; the filters coupled to capacitive sensing circuitry; and wherein the filters includes at least a virtual ground charge amplifier.
Apple Granted Patent for Manipulation of user Interface Objects with Activation regions
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to electronic computing devices with touch-sensitive surfaces that are operable to manipulate user interface objects displayed on a display of the electronic computing device such as an iPad.
Exemplary manipulations include adjusting the position, rotation, and/or size of one or more user interface objects. Exemplary user interface objects include digital images, video, text, icons, and other graphics. The patent covers the ability to perform such manipulations on user interface objects in, an electronic document authoring application such as Keynote, Pages Numbers and so forth.
Apple credits Peter Rapp, Akiva Leffert, Jason Marr, Christopher Weeldreyer and Jay Capela as the inventors of granted patent 8,416,205 which was originally filed in Q3 2009 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted Patent for Face Detection as a Metric to Stabilize Video during FaceTime Session
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to the iPhone's (or iDevices) FaceTime video conferencing application, once known as iChat, and the stabilization of conducting a video chat session.
Apple's First Patent Claim Reads as Follows: A method for operating a handheld communication device, the method comprising: capturing a video during a video chat session conducted between a user of the handheld communication device and a far-end user, the video captured with a camera integrated within a housing of the handheld communication device, the video comprising a plurality of images frames, each of the image frames containing an image of a face of the user; based on a detected position of the face in each image frame, cropping a boundary area of the image frame to produce an output video such that the image of the face stays substantially stationary in the output video; displaying the output video via a display device integrated within the housing on a common side of the device as the camera, and transmitting the output video to the far-end user during the video chat session.
While we`re on the topic of face detection, Apple was granted another patent on this subject today under number 8,416,997. This patent was acquired by Apple from three New York engineers. Whether Apple acquired it to save a lawsuit or for it`s actual value to advance their face detection technology is unknown at this time.
Apple Granted Two Design Patents Today
Apple has been granted two design patents today covering their Smart Cover Packaging and a Retail Centric Display Structure as illustrated below.
The Remaining Patents that were granted to Apple Today
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