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September 2012

Level 3 Communications Sues Apple for iTunes and iCloud Services

1. PersonalWeb & Level 3 vs. Apple
PersonalWeb Technologies and Level 3 Communications have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. Their formal complaint states that Apple's iTunes and iCloud services infringe upon six of their patents.

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Eye Openers: Apple Patents Reveal iPad with Built-In Stand & Cellular Antennas for Future iMac and/or TV

1. Apple reveals iPad with stand, imac or TV with cellulart antenna ..
Wow, out of nowhere newly granted patents for Apple reveal MacBooks, an iMac and possibly a TV having cellular and television circuitry built in. If that wasn't enough, Apple reveals a possible future iPad with a built-in stand that incorporates a cellular antenna. Why say more – take a look for yourself.

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Apple Wins Technically Important LTE Data Service Patent

1. Apple Wins Technically Important LTE Data Services Patent
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a technically important LTE data services patent that specifically pertains to a method and system for estimating the wireless channel in the presence of inter-carrier interference. But let's be honest here; at this point in time, every LTE patent is going to be crucial for Apple who just released their new iPhone 5 with LTE. In early September Samsung began making statements in Korea that they would be suing Apple over LTE. Our report covering those statements also noted that Apple had amassed 434 LTE patents for their own LTE portfolio.

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Apple Wins Magic Trackpad & Original 2007 Touch Patents

1. Apple wins magic trackpad & orignial 2007 touch patents
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of thirty-four newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our first granted patent of the day, we focus on Apple's latest granted patent relating to one of the original 2007 iPhone touch technology patents. This type of touch related patents could potentially be used in future litigation. This particular patent relates to methods and devices that identify and discriminate multiple simultaneous hover or touch events such as, for example, two or more closely grouped fingers, palm heels from one or more fingers, fingers from thumbs, and fingers from ears and cheeks. Our report also covers a design win for Apple's Magic Trackpad along with links to another eleven utility patents worth noting.

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Apple's Leadership and Magic Shine Through

1 - Apple's leadership and Magic Shine Through
Last week Apple delivered an incredible line up of new products at their special event with the iPhone 5 being its centerpiece. Apple's entire core executive team came out one by one to deliver a winning event that showed us once again, that the Crazy Ones of Cupertino still have their magic mojo. But not all agree with this view as one might expect. According to some visionless critics, the iPhone 5 marked the end of innovation for Apple. Not just for the iPhone but the iPad as well. Yet Tim Cook smacked the competition with a few realistic and humorous facts about the iPad and Phil Schiller took off his gloves and gave the competition a good black eye in respect to the new iPhone 5. Our report takes a look at what some of what these critics charged Apple with and provide you with over 30 quality photos from last week's event that were memorable.

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Hong Kong Grants Apple Several Siri Related Design Wins

1. Hong Kong Grants Apple Several Siri Related Design Wins
China's Hong Kong IP Department has officially published a series of ten Apple Inc. registered designs which are the equivalent of US granted design patents. All ten of the designs relate to Apple's iOS intelligent personal assistant feature branded Siri. Siri is included on modern iDevices such as the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (Gen 3), and the new iPod touch (Gen 5). Apple's designs cover both the Siri logo and user interface.  

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Like Lightning, Apple Files New Connector Trademark

1. Like Lightning, Apple Files for New Connector Trademark
The US Patent & Trademark Office just published Apple's latest trademark application for "Apple Lightning" under application 85726560. Phil Schiller introduced the new lighting connector during Apple's special event this week. "The iPhone from its start used the iPod 30 pin connector which we launched originally in 2003 and it served us well for over a decade," stated Schiller who went on to point out several key attributes of the new 'Lightning' connector as presented in our cover graphic above. Report Updated February 05, 2013

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Apple's iWallet is Inevitable, NFC or Not

1. Apple's iWallet is Inevitable, NFC or Not
Rick Oglesby of consulting firm Aite Group weighed in as to why Apple passed on including NFC into their latest iPhone-5. "Apple is likely to wait to enter the payments business aggressively. Apple took a similar approach to 4G LTE wireless technology – waiting until coverage was wide enough this year to unveil an iPhone that uses it." He added that "They won't do something until they know a lot of their customers will use the service."

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Microsoft Patent: How to Silence your Device by whacking it off

1 PA. Microsoft Patent - How to Silence your Device by Whacking it Off
Sometimes life is funnier than fiction. A new Microsoft invention published by the US Patent Office this week goes into great detail as to how you'll one day be able to silence your mobile device by simply whacking it off. I'm not trying to be offensive – it's just what it is. And believe it or not, it actually gets funnier as you follow their train of thought. I laughed so much that it was hard to finish the report. For a Friday, you couldn't ask for a funnier topic if you tried. 

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Apple Patents Point to Siri Controlling iTunes on an iMac & More

1. Apple Patent Points to Siri Controlling iTunes on an iMac & More
During yesterday's special iPhone event, Eddy Cue, Senior VP of Internet Software and Services took to the stage to announce that a new version of iTunes. Cue pointed to dramatically simplifying iTunes across devices, building-in iCloud, redesigning the iTunes Store and more. Interestingly enough, the new iTunes won't ship with iPhone-5 but rather later in October. Is Apple prepping it to debut on a new iMac with the Lightning connector? I don't know. But what I do know is that a revised patent application published today by the US Patent Office clearly points to Voice Recognition coming to Apple's desktop. Translation: Siri is coming to a future iMac and the number one app that its being designed to work with is, you got it, iTunes. We'll point you to that patent application and a few other interesting ones that you may want to further explore on your own. 

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Two New Patents May Relate to Apple's New Lightning Connector

1. Two new patents may relate to Apple's new lightning connector
Although some may say that Apple should have introduced their new "Lightning" connector with the updated MacBook Pro lineup that debuted in June so as to ensure that the new standard was on all new 2012 hardware by Christmas, the fact remains that it debuted during yesterday's iPhone-5 special event. One of the key points that Apple listed in their new marketing graphic above is that the new Lightning cabling is durable. Two new patent applications published today by at the US Patent Office cover the topic of cable durability with one detailing cables using metal-doped fibers. According to Apple, "This allows for a much more flexible cable and increased cable flex life because the metal-doped fibers are not as sensitive to bending fatigue as their all metal counterparts."

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Apple Rushes New "EarPods" Trademark in Europe Overnight

1. Apple Rushes New EarPods Trademark in Europe Overnight
Right out of the gate Apple has filed for the new "EarPods" trademark in Europe under application number 01182532. Apple's trademark was filed under International Classes 9, 35, 38 and 41 which basically covers all hardware, phones, advertising, telecommunication services, digital audio and entertainment services. Apple's all new EarPods were introduced at yesterday's special iPhone event. The EarPods are part of Apple's improved audio for the iPhone which includes their patent pending beamforming technology. Second Update Oct, 05, 2012

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Hon Hai's New Invention Takes "Think Different" to Extremes

1. Hon Hai's New Invention Takes Think Different to extremes
Today's the big day. The iPhone 5 will debut later this morning and the new design by Jony Ive and company is bound to intrigue us all and hopefully depress the Samsung camp. The great, late Steve Jobs told his team back in 1997 to Think Different, and think different they did with the debut of the iPhone in 2007 and later with the iPad in 2010. Hon Hai Precision, better known as Foxconn, makes all of Apple's iDevices. They too have been excited to Think Different, but perhaps they took it too literally. Their latest invention will certainly not be debuting on stage with Tim Cook today; oh no. In fact, I'm not sure it'll ever get off the drawing board. But what the heck – take a look at what thinking too differently could actually look like. I bet you'll laugh.

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Is Samsung Reconsidering their War Stance over LTE Patents?

1. Is Samsung Reconsidering their War Stance over LTE Patents
The patent war between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. is likely to extend into the fourth-generation wireless broadband sector, Daiwa Securities Capital Markets said in a note Tuesday. The Japanese brokerage believes long-term evolution (LTE) technology could be the next battleground in a patent war between the two electronics giants that has spanned four continents. But a new report out this morning indicates that the fiery Samsung may be reconsidering their war stance with Apple on LTE patents.

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Apple's Logo Gains Trademark Status for Social Networking

1. Apple's Logo Gains Trademark Status for Social Networking
On September 12, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's logo as an official registered trademark for social networking under number 5,206,562. Apple officially filed for their logo update on August 31, 2010. While Apple filed for their updated trademark to support their social networking service Ping that debuted in September 2010, the service is to officially end when the next version of iTunes is released. As John Paczkowski of AllThingsD put it, Apple is abandoning Ping and "using its partnerships with Twitter and Facebook to make its various software and service offerings social in a way that consumers actually care about." Whether Apple has another social networking project in the wings is unknown at this time.

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Heartwarming Story: Disabled Vet Given New Smart Home run from an iPad

1BB- Heart Warming Story - ... Smart Home run from an iPad
CNN reports that while serving on an assignment in Afghanistan on October 23, 2010, Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez landed on a buried bomb after slipping down an embankment and lost both of his legs and his right arm in an explosion. Dominguez has spent months undergoing multiple surgeries and grueling physical and occupational therapy sessions since that life-changing October day. To help aid in his recovery, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its partner, the Gary Sinise Foundation, are donating a new "smart home" for him to share with his wife, Alexis, and his 9-year-old daughter, Victoria. The home's features include kitchen cabinets and shelves that lower for easy access to items, an elevator, and doors that automatically open as part of an electronic-sensor system run from an iPad.  

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Apple Attempts to Rescind the Sales Ban of iPhone in Korea

1. Apple attempts to rescind sales ban of iPhone in Korea
Korean IT News is reporting this morning that Apple filed for a stay of execution with the Seoul Central District Court on September 10 to rescind the sales ban on the iPhone in Korea. The request is due to the ruling of August 24 handed down by its civil chamber that Apple had infringed upon Samsung’s 3G patents and the iPhone3GS, iPhone4, iPad1 and 2 should not be transferred, rented, imported or displayed. The report states that "If the court accepts Apple’s request, the execution could be stayed for a certain period of time." 

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NPD Forecast: Apple's iPad mini to Sell 8 Million Units in 2012

1. NDP Forecast - Apple's iPad mini to sell 8 million units in 2012
According to a new NPD DisplaySearch report published yesterday, Apple's forthcoming iPad mini will sell 8 million units in 2012 and give them more traction with consumers who love eBooks. 

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Apple Wins 27 Patents Including Smart Cover & iPhone Haptics

1. Apple wins 27 patents ...
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-seven newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our second granted patent report of the day we focus on three patents. The first is Apple's third Smart Cover win, the second covers Apple's iPhone haptics the last one covers the iPhone's cover assembly. To round off our report, we list an additional nine granted patents with some interesting ones worth exploring.  

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Apple Wins MIMO LTE Antenna & Cellular MacBook Patents

1. Apple Wins MIMO LTE Antenna & Cellular MacBook Patents
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-seven newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our first report of the day we focus on two patents. The first relates to a future cellular MacBook that will likely access 4G LTE data networks. Apple's second patent win relates to an MIMO antenna which Wikipedia states is an important part of modern wireless communication standards such as LTE. Whether this particular antenna will be used in Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5 or future cellular data ready MacBook is unknown at this time.

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Korean Source Confirms Samsung will Sue Apple over LTE

1. Korean Source Confirms Samsung will Sue Apple over LTE
A Korean source is reporting this morning that Samsung Electronics has clearly stated this morning that they'll "sue Apple over its release of the iPhone 5 for infringing on its fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity patents." Major Report Update 10 AM MST

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Korean PR War Spotlights Apple as Patent Troll

1AA. Korean PR War Spotlights Apple as patent troll with twisted facts
After Apple's victory over Samsung in a patent infringement case that ended last month, the Korean Times has been publishing a number of articles supporting Samsung. Some points are interesting, but like Samsung, they cling to the notion that Apple is an aggressor and, get this, a patent troll. The problem is that their source doesn't see it that way, at all.

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Microsoft Envisions Where Gaming is going, and it's Wild!

1. Microsft Envisions Where Gaming is Going, and it's Wild!
While we've all read about Microsoft's next generation Xbox 720 gaming console coming to market in 2013, a recent Microsoft patent application reveals what Microsoft envisions for gaming beyond that point. On the drawing board is Microsoft's next generation immersive gaming environment – which is simply wild! This could really be a hit with die-hard gamers and with a little imagination you quickly realize just how cool this could be. First there was the Xbox, and then came Kinect and now the next great thing in gaming from Microsoft is on its way and we detail it all in our report.

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Is Samsung Copying Apple's Earphones? It sure looks like it

1. Is Samsung Copying Apple's Earphone's - It sure looks like it
Apple was granted two patents covering their earphones with remote and mic back in 2011. The first was granted in January and the second in March of that year, the very month and year that Samsung just happened to file for a patent that mirrors Apple's product. Is Samsung trying to copy Apple? You be the judge.

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Apple Gives Taiwan's Eva Airways a Big Thumbs-Up for integrating iPad into their Operations

1. Apple gives Taiwan's EVA a big thumbs up for iPad integration
The Taiwan press was glad to report this morning that Eva Airways (EVA), Taiwan's second largest airline company was touted by Apple as a model to have successfully incorporated smart technology -- the iPad -- into flight services. According to the report, the Apple team came to Taiwan twice earlier in the year to profile EVA, which since 2011 has outfitted each of its 800 pilots and 200 cabin service managers with an iPad containing specially designed applications to deliver more real-time information.

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