On November 11, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's mini media players such as the iPod shuffle and iPod nano. Apple's proposal is to add a speaker to the media players attachment clip. Apple points out how they may use a space age material in the design of the speaker that was once used in NASA's Apollo lunar module. I guess that Apple wants to give their fans a unique out-of-this-world experience. Oh those Crazy Ones of Cupertino are at it again.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said Tuesday that it has voted to launch an investigation into a complaint filed by Taiwan-based chip manufacturer VIA Technologies Inc. for patent infringement against Apple Inc. Updated
On October 28 we posted a report titled "Apple's 'Slide to Unlock' Patent Stirs up a Hornet's Nest in Taiwan." In that report we pointed to the Premier of Taiwan stating that that he was very concerned about the possible adverse effects of Apple's latest patent victory on Taiwanese companies, particularly those in the smartphone and tablet sectors. There was a bit of backlash from some overzealous Taiwanese fans who had some choice words for me. I insisted that it was strange for the Premier to get involved. Well, there's another part of this story to demonstrate that the Premier may have indeed had an agenda here.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 17 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our final granted patent report of the day we cover Apple's no-touch sensor output technology and acoustic systems for iOS devices. And to top it off, we close out our patent report with our usual Final Patent Round-Up with six patents covering everything from a Mac Pro tower latch through to the Apple Remote.
November is definitely shaping up to be one hell of a great month for Apple legal. Last week Apple was granted two high profile multi-touch related patents and today they've been granted yet another pair. The first relates to a new True Multi-Touch Digital Controller and the second one relates to hover and gesture detection that uses a capacitive sensor panel having dynamically reconfigurable sensor size and shape. Most noteworthy is the fact that the technology applies to both iOS devices and Macs, according to the patent. Apple legal has four new shiny patents to go on the offensive against Google and their Android OEMs with and I love it being that Google legal whined in July and again just yesterday about how the so-called "broken patent system" is in their way of beating Apple. It now appears that there may be a massive new wave of the original Apple touch patents going through the system and Google likely knows it too: Hence their whining.
While the iPhone was being introduced back in January 2007 by Steve Jobs, Apple had already invented their Next Generation Touch Technology for their future iPad. Apple's granted patent, which was published earlier today, shows us that multi-touch technology for tablet PC's had to be different than that for the iPhone. Apple was clearly well ahead of the curve on this technology and on course for delivering the iPad three years later.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 17 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our second report of the day we cover two patents. The first patent covers a GPS testing system to ensure that the GPS circuitry doesn't overhead and readings remains accurate. Interestingly, Apple notes that GPS could one day be integrated into wearable computers such as an Apple wrist-watch. The second patent covers an antenna that will provide future MacBooks with telephonic capabilities. Being that the GPS patent points to the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular telephone standard being used in future portables, it may hint that we may see a telephonic MacBook hopefully in the next two years as Apple rolls out devices with 4G capabilities.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 17 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Our first report of the day focuses on six industrial design wins for Apple, with two of them crediting the late Steve Jobs. If you've had the chance to read the Steve Jobs Biography by Walter Isaacson, then you know how insanely passionate Steve Jobs was about all-things-design – be it the original Mac, the finish on the NeXT cube, the verbiage in the Think Different Campaign or the layout of the Apple Store. Somehow that put a smile on my face this morning. Maybe it will for you too.
On November 7, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application relating to the "Find My Friends" icon (Jumbo) under application 85462987. Apple filed their trademark under a single International Class which covers software that geographically locates and tracks people using global positioning systems. It also covers software relating to social networking. Apple's "Find My Friend" is a new iCloud Service that was introduced in October of this year. Apple has also filed a new trademark filing in China covering Find My Friends. Update: Our report also covers Google's whiney patent lawyer.
Late yesterday, China's Hong Kong IP Department granted Apple thirteen new design patents relating to the iPad 2. The designs cover Apple's Black, White and 3G iPad 2 models in a series of both photographic and illustrative design styles. Apple has dramatically revved up their legal machinery in China this past year as the stream of granted design patents have dramatically risen. Just in September alone Apple was granted 40 design wins for iOS graphic elements, the MacBook Air and even their Shanghai Apple Store architecture. With Apple having accused Samsung of "slavishly- copying" its market-leading iPhone and iPad, every industrial design patent victory for iOS devices is another arrow in Apple's legal quiver.
Last weekend we posted a report titled "The Flap over IDC's Report, Market Spin & the Ongoing Smartphone Wars." The numbers that IDC quoted in one of their latest report were definitely a point of contention for many concerning "mobile phone vendor shipments and marketshare for Q3 2011." This morning, IDC has released another round of stats concerning "smartphone" shipments and marketshare for Q3 2011. The new stats have Samsung as the number one vendor in the world with Apple overtaking Nokia for the second spot. Will the numbers enrage some in the Apple community once again? Yes, more than likely – but with Apple's iPhone 4S sales gaining traction, we're likely to see Apple take the number one spot as soon as next quarter. Then again, in this ever changing market, we can't really assume anything.
On November 3, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they're working on a possible future iPhone that will operate using a Virtual SIM Card. Apple states that it would be desirable to be able to provide improved ways in which to provide users with the ability to purchase and use wireless network services without the need of a SIM Card. According to Apple, a secondary benefit of switching to a Virtual SIM Card is that'll improve security while allowing Jony Ive and his team to do what they do best: Design an ever thinner, astoundingly beautiful, next generation iPhone. Report Updated at 2:40 MST
A news report that broke in July stated that LG thought that OLED displays weren't suitable for smartphones and tablets. Some debated that claim and now we see that Apple does as well. In a new patent application published by the US Patent and Trademark Office this morning, we discover that Apple has found a way to make an OLED based display work better with applications such as word processing and email for corporate users while gaining a power savings of up to 30%. Apple has been on a tear this year working on next generation hybrid displays to power their future iOS devices. In April, we learned that Apple had devised a smart hybrid e-Paper/Video iOS display and in July we discovered that Apple was working on smart transparent displays that could uniquely support augmented reality based applications. It's evident that Apple is placing a tremendous amount of research and finances behind display technology in order to stay one step ahead of the competition.
According to Taiwan's DigiTimes this morning, the real iPad 3 won't actually ship until Q3 2012. The rumor is that a revised iPad 2 will launch first in March 2012. The iPad 2 upgrade will supposedly introduce a thinner design along with much better battery life. In a separate report filed today, DigiTimes reports that Apple has big plans to completely overhaul their entire product lineup in 2012 including the iMac and MacBook Air. The latter of course will be under a little pressure in the second half of 2012 from competitors pushing Intel's new Ultrabook designs powered by Ivy Bridge that may introduce a swivel styled notebook-display doubling as a tablet.
Apple today announced that GarageBand, its breakthrough music creation app, is now available for iPhone and iPod touch users. Introduced earlier this year on iPad, GarageBand uses Apple's revolutionary Multi-Touch interface to make it easy for anyone to create and record their own songs, even if they've never played an instrument before. Apple's news fulfills their patent application which we covered in March 2011. Apple's patent was originally filed in Q3 2009. The patent was well ahead of the launch proving once again that patents can present trends well ahead of the curve.
In August 2010 VirnetX Holding Corporation, an Internet security software and technology company filed a legal complaint against Apple, Cisco, NEC, and Aastra for infringing on a series of patents related to internet security. VirnetX is in a strong position with the 3GPP being that the security related to new the SIP protocols being incorporated into the 4G specification is theirs. Today, VirnetX has filed a second patent infringement lawsuit against Apple regarding secure communications on devices like the iPhone 4S. Yes, the iPhone 4S that's only been out since October 4, 2011. Odder yet is that VirnetX's patent was only granted to them this morning!
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 14 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our final granted patent report of the day we take a look at a secret patent that Apple acquired from France four years prior to the iPhone coming to market. The patent basically relates to a system for testing a mobile telephony network. By acquiring the patent in France, it never entered the US patent system for the press to get wind of Apple's secret iPhone project intentions – until now.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 14 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our fourth granted patent report of the day we take a look at a patent that may one day provide 3D Motion to Apple's Mighty Mouse, to their Apple TV Remote, the iPhone and perhaps even a gamepad. The second granted patent that we review today touches on the iPhone's capability of interfacing with high tech gym equipment to monitor your vitals at a higher degree.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 14 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our third granted patent report of the day we cover two new high profile multi-touch related patents which cover Front-End Signal Compensation & Method for Forming a Crystalline ITO on top of a Nonconductive Substrate. The primary multi-touch patent presented today was originally filed in the very same month that Steve Jobs first presented us with a peek at their revolutionary smartphone simply called the iPhone back in January 2007.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 14 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our first report of the day we covered the three iPod design patents that Apple received. In our second report of the day we cover two additional granted patents that focus on Apple's Mini DisplayPort and a unique range of iPod docks that includes one for integrating an iPod into a MacBook and a spin off idea designed to turn an iPod into a personal transmitter system acting both as a limited range Walkie Talkie and means of allowing a central iPod within a group to act as a DJ system for those at closed events like a ski resort or other facility.
On November 01, 2011, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published three new Industrial Design Patent wins for Apple covering the new multi-touch iPod nano, the iPod shuffle and previous generation iPod nano. It's definitely a big iPod design day for Apple.