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April 2011

Apple is Designing a Great New Fitness Center App

1c - Apple is Designing a Great New Fitness Center App 
On April 28, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various aspects of a newly advanced Fitness Center App that they've been working on for some time now. While Apple's app is uniquely their own, they appear to be consulting with or at least including Nike into their program as one illustration lists "The Nike Training Club Class." Apple's Fitness Center App is well designed to cover all aspects of a workout including stats gathered from next generation smart equipment right down to the inclusion of a unique social networking component that will work within a particular fitness center or within your city limits to help you find a workout buddy and/or to stir on competition to get you motivated. Apple's new fitness center app is designed to work with your iPhone or iPod touch to provide you with realtime stats to keep you informed and on track.  

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Apple Files Trademark for "FaceTime for Mac" Icon

1A - Apple's FaceTime Icon - April 2011 
On April 26, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for an icon related to "FaceTime for Mac" under application 85300315 officially filed on April 20, 2011. Apple has filed their trademark under a single International Class covering computer software for video calling. Apple introduced FaceTime for Mac in October 2010 

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Apple Wins a Surprising iMac & TV Display Testing System Patent + Others for Final Cut Pro, the Apple Store & More

1 - Apple Wins a Surprising iMac & TV Display Testing System Patent & More 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 10 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our second report of the day we cover a great number of Apple's granted patents including one for Final Cut Pro, a design patent for the App Store's icon imagery, another for an Apple Store related system and a few other minor patents along the way. Yet the surprise of the day certainly goes to a quality testing system designed for high-end LCD displays designed for such systems as a television or an iMac. Apple's display's have been a definite cut above their competitors for some time now and learning about this secret testing equipment easily explains one of the reasons for their ongoing success. Attention to quality detailing is Apple's Hallmark.  

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Apple Wins Patents for their Iconic Click Wheel & iPhone Gesturing

1 - Apple Wins Patents for Iconic Click Wheel & iPhone Multi-Touch Gesturing - April 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 10 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our first granted patent report of the day we focus in on and celebrate three huge patent wins. The first covers the technology behind Apple's iconic click wheel that sparked the digital music revolution with the release of the iPod back in 2001. The other two granted patents cover key multi-touch gesturing technologies that were behind Apple's original 2007 iPhone release. As the patent wars rage on between Apple and their competitors, every newly granted patent that carries strategic value strengthens their defenses and ability to even go on the offense when needed.  

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Apple Abandons their Efforts to Secure the "POD" Trademark

1 - Apple Abandons their Efforts to Secure the POD Trademark - April 2011 
This morning, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office published Apple's official notice of abandonment of the "POD" trademark. After seven long years of attempting to appease the authorities with several changes, Apple has decided to drop the trademark. This now opens the door wide open for the cloners.  

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Apple Files for "Groove Matching" & "Flex Time" Trademarks

1 Apple Files for Groove Matching & Flex Time Trademarks in China - April 2011 
Apple has filed for both "Groove Matching" and "Flex Time" trademarks in the US and China this week.  

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Apple Explores New Method to Improve LED Display Brilliance for FaceTime, Photography, 3D imaging and More

1A - Apple Explores New Twists to Improve LED Brilliance for FaceTime & TV 
In respect to new Apple patents, it was a very interesting patent day yesterday indeed. The day began with learning about Apple's latest research into a new peer-to-peer technology followed by a new compass bearing feature for future iPhone cameras. If that wasn't enough, we discovered a huge batch of new patent applications dealing with Apple's obsession over advancing backlit LED Display brilliance. The new display technology would be able to deliver superior FaceTime conferencing experiences as well as delivering crystal clear viewing photos, videos, 3D imaging and perhaps Television too. Now that would be the most brilliant benefit of all.  

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Apple Patents Detail Fire-Resistant Cabling for MagSafe & New Compass Bearing Feature for the iPhone's Camera

1 - Apple patents Detail Fire Resistant Cabling for Magsafe and new photo taking feature - april 2011 
Two of Apple's latest patents that were published this morning by the USPTO detail new fire resistant cabling for MagSafe and a spin-off feature related to the iPhone's "Maps + Compass" feature. This new feature may be engineered right into next generation iOS device cameras allowing users to superimpose compass bearings right onto their photos. Unless you're a spy or surveyor, however, I'm not quite sure why you'd want this feature. If you happen to have an idea or two as to why we'd want this feature, then by all means send in your ideas below in our comment area.    

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Apple Invents New Peer-to-Peer Sharing Technology that Utilizes Unique Magnetic Compass and Supersonic Tone Methodologies

1 - Apple Invents New Peer-to-Peer Sharing Technology - patent 2011, April 
In late 2009 Patently Apple reported that Apple was working on a new short-range wireless technology that would work with a newly proposed iTunes Kiosk. Apple had also shed some light on using NFC technology in another patent that year in respect to a new application they were working on that they dubbed Grab and Go. As time went on, we've documented numerous Apple patents on this subject in our NFC Archives. In a new Apple patent revealed this morning, we find that Apple has been advancing their peer sharing technology in ways that will dramatically quicken the process of data sharing. The newly proposed system utilizes a unique magnetic compass and encoded supersonic tone methodology. Apple notes that their new methodology will also allow you to share information on your iPhone easily with other devices like your iMac, MacBook or stereo system. Apple, as always, is focused on making new technology work easier for the consumer.  

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Apple Files for Mission Control and All-New "StartUp" Trademarks

1d - Apple files for mission control and all-new startup trademarks - april 2011 
On April 20, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for "Startup" under application 85296886. They've also filed for "Mission Control" in Europe. Although Apple has used Startup in the past associated with Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs, we believe the new mystery trademark may have something to do with a new or future retail in-store class teaching consumers how to start up with their new Apple product(s). While we may like to think that it's something associated with Apple's forthcoming OS X Lion, the trademark's International Classes may not support such a position. But until it actually surfaces, its true purpose remains a mystery.

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Apple Wins Patent for Wireless Activation System for AT&T, Verizon & More

1 - Apple Wins Patent for Wireles Activation System for AT&T, Verizon & More - April 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 18 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our second report of the day we cover Apple's granted design patents relating to their polycarbonate MacBook and the user interface for their "Maps and Compass" application. More interestingly we cover Apple's data center call queuing system as well as a very interesting and detailed patent revealing Apple's service provider activation system used by AT&T, Verizon and others. This is a first-time peek at Apple's system and so we try to provide you with a detailed overview to help you better understand the scope of this system.  

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Apple Wins iPhone 4 and Key RFID Transponder Display Patents

1 - Apple wins iphone 4 & key RFID transponder display patents - april 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 18 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our first of two reports today we cover design wins for Apple's 2007 iPod touch and iPhone 4 in addition to covering Apple TV and a key RFID patent. The RFID patent covers technology that will be built right into future iOS devices that will enable such things as wireless transfers of data from an iPhone to a desktop with just a simple shaking motion or even allow a user to open up a keyless hotel or car door with a simple swipe. It will also likely play a role in Apple's forthcoming iWallet feature set.  

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China Approves Eleven iPod Nano Design Patents

1 - China Approves Eleven Apple iPod Nano Design Patents - April 15 - 16 - 2011 
Today, eleven iPod Nano Design Patents were published in China. Apple applied for the design in February and received registered status on Friday. The designs cover such elements as music, genius mixes, FM Radio and others. Apple launched the iPod nano with Multi-Touch in September 2010.  

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IDF Beijing 2011: The Rise of Tablets

1 - Connected Devices - April 2011 IDF - Peel Back Corner Design 
There was a time not too long ago when an Intel Developer Conference (IDF) was considered one of the most anticipated PC industry events of the year. Yet that seems to have all gone to hell after Apple released their first iPad with an A4 processor inside. Apple dared to shatter the standard computing model by abandoning the traditional PC chip makers – and the Chip Gods fell to earth with a mighty thud. Was Intel caught off guard by the ferocity of the iPad's success? Yes – most definitely. They've been caught off guard ever since the debut of the iPhone in 2007. In fact all of Apple's competitors appear to be in some kind of perpetual stupor with every attempt at a counter attack being as anemic as the last. To be honest, Intel could never do it alone and with Microsoft fumbling in the dark and the amateurish Android looking more like Windows for the mobile age every day, it doesn't look promising. In today's report we hone in on Intel's central IDF keynote that honestly attempted to address the iPad revolution head on. Was it enough? You be the judge.  

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Walker Digital Sues Apple on a Second Front regarding iTunes

1 V2 - Walker Digital vs. Apple - Patent Infringement Lawsuit report - April 2011 
Earlier this morning we posted a report covering Walker Digital's first patent infringement lawsuit against Apple concerning the iPhone's Map + Compass feature/app. On a second front, Walker Digital is suing Apple regarding their iTunes Store system. Apple is only one amongst 28 other defendants that offer online sales. The others include such brands as Amazon, Microsoft Wal-Mart, Verizon, Target and Saks. Less than a month ago Cordance Corporation sued Apple over their iTunes system as well. This is obviously going to take years before all of these iTune store system lawsuits get ironed out. As online app stores are about to explode onto the market in the coming years, these types of lawsuits will become commonplace as companies jockey for the right to royalties for their online sale patents. There's a lot of money at stake here for the winner(s) and the noise has only begun.  

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Walker Digital of Priceline.com Sues Apple Over iPhone Feature

1 V2 - Walker Digital vs. Apple - Patent Infringement Lawsuit report - April 2011 
The first of two major patent infringement lawsuits have been filed against Apple by Stanford Connecticut's Walker Digital. This heavy weight company which was behind such ventures as Priceline.com and others and originally funded by the likes of George Soros, Paul Allen and John Malone is suing Apple over its "Map + Compass" GPS based iPhone feature/app. The lawsuit which was filed against thirteen companies, singles out Apple and Google for willful infringement.   

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Apple Invents New Location Services System and EMI Shielding Process for Thinner Mobile Devices

1 - Apple Invents Location Services System & EMI Shielding Process for Thin iOS Devices 
On April 14, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that reveal the next chapters for both a new geo-location service system that uses WIMAX transmitters and a new EMI shielding process that is needed to support Apple's desire to create ever thinner mobile devices.  

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Apple's Official US Trademark Filing for "Lion" Arrived, in Green

1 - Apple's Official US Trademark for Lion Arrives, in Green - April 12, 2011 
On April 12, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office officially published Apple's latest trademark application for "Lion" under application 85288157. Apple's trademark was filed under a single International Class 009 for computer operating systems. The interesting twist to this is that while Apple claims that "Lion" has no specific color, the example that they provided the USPTO with is certainly green. It's like a forest green and I was actually looking for my Pantone color book to verify a specific number when it dawned on me. This is a special green. It's one the competition will be turning when they see Apple's glorious new OS debut this fall. It's called: Green with Envy. Obviously it's an inside joke and one that I like: do you?  

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Apple Working on Simplifying Multi-Touch Gesturing

1 - Apple Working on Simplifying Multi-Touch Gesturing 
A new series of patent applications that have surfaced at the US Patent and Trademark Office recently, clearly indicate that Apple is working on new ways to simplify their multi-touch gesturing on both iOS devices and Mac's via multi-touch and/or Magic Trackpads. One of Apple's key patents within this group of nine, introduces us to some newly contemplated methods of gesturing. The methods include the use of mid-drag gestures, microgestures within gestures, and other gesture modification motions to modify and/or alter user interface behavior. One of the gesture modification motions already reviewed to date relates to Apple's use of Spaces on iOS devices. In the big picture, Apple states that their newly proposed methods and interfaces will reduce the cognitive burden on a user while saving battery life. If we're lucky, we may even get to see some of these new gestures playing out in various demo's at this year's WWDC keynote. Time will tell.    

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Apple Wins Key Desktop Centric Multi-Touch Gesturing & iPhone Patents

1 - Apple Wins Key Desktop Oriented Multi-Touch Gesturing & iPhone Related Patents - April 12, 2011 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of eight newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. The most notable patents of the day cover such things as the iPhone's built in compass technology as well as its unique nitriding stainless steel conductive bezel antenna. And yet the one patent that stood out prominently this morning was one that focused on bringing advanced multi-touch gesturing to a desktop display. Apple first gave us a peek at the iMac Touch last summer and now we see some of the gesturing that such a unit could employ. At this point in time, it's impossible to estimate when such technology will come to market – but it's evident that Apple is working on several angles to this project and we'll only see it come to market when it's actually ready to rock'n roll.   

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Apple Files Figurative Trademark for "AirPlay"

1 - Cover - Apple Files Figurative Trademark for AirPlay - April 2011 
The US Patent & Trademark Office just published Apple's latest trademark filing for "AirPlay." Apple's figurative trademark, as noted in our cover graphic above, consists of a rectangle and triangle. In September 2010 Apple rebranded their AirTunes feature to that of AirPlay 

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Apple Files for New iAd Graphic and "Lion" Trademarks

1b - Apple Files for New iAd Graphic and Lion Trademarks - April 2011 
The US Patent & Trademark Office has published Apple's latest trademark application relating to a new iAd Graphic trademark to be used in advertising and/or marketing products or services. Apple introduced their new iAd service during a June 2010 Keynote. The newly applied for graphic may be associated with their iAd Producer programming tool. A second trademark filing popped up this week in Europe which relates to Apple's next generation operating system dubbed "Lion." Interestingly, their US filing for "Lion" has yet to be made public.  

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Apple Patent Points to Strobe Light & Multi-Value Coded Pulses

1 - Apple Patent Points to Strobe Light & Multi-Value Coded Pulses 
A new Apple patent application points to advancing the cameras in all Mac and iOS devices to include advanced strobe lights of visible and invisible light. The strobe light provides the picture with important metadata to assist in deblur operations. I'm not the biggest camera buff, but this sound like Apple is once again working on improving their latest iOS device cameras to produce better and better photos and videos as time goes on.  

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Apple Devising Smart Hybrid e-Paper/Video iOS Displays

1 - Apple Devising Hybrid e-Paper Video iOS Displays 
The first Apple patent of the day that surprised us was all about an incredible smart bezel using a secondary printed segmented electroluminescence display that would allow for hidden illuminated controls on devices such as the iPad. Apple's second patent surprise of the day is all about Apple devising a next generation iPhone that would effectively offer us a smart hybrid display that could switch between a standard LCD and an e-Paper display. In fact, it's so smart that the display could actually subdivide itself into quadrants that could intelligently switch display types depending on the content that the user is running. That would work very nicely with Apple's proposed use of Spaces on future iOS devices.   

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Apple Blows us Away with Smart Bezel Details!

1 - Apple Blows us Away with Smart Bezel Detailing - Apr 7, 2011 
Apple has been teasing us with various smart bezel patents over the last year but a new patent application revealed by the USPTO today, provides us with how they're intending to implement this feature and the details will blow you away. Apple intends to introduce a method that employs a very cool secondary display scheme that utilizes a printed segmented electroluminescence display. Apple intends to use the secondary display to introduce a new set of illuminated indicators that would be able to morph into various controls for work and play. Illuminated gaming and productivity controls could be built into the face-side of the bezel and/or selected back-side areas of iOS devices like the iPad. Apple is about to raise the bar for interactive device interfaces that will, no doubt, put absolute fear into the hearts of every iOS device wannabe competitor.  

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