For those wanting to review Apple's quarterly numbers in full, Apple's SEC 10-K Filing is now available online. In one area, Apple states that the "Company’s digital content services have faced significant competition from other companies promoting their own digital music and content products and services, including those offering free peer-to-peer music and video services." Apple will be try to remedy some of that problem with iTunes 11 and an all-new online radio service business in the first half of 2013. Then again, Microsoft's new Windows 8 and related mobile devices will be promoting their new Xbox Music service and so iTunes will continue to be under pressure.
Apple gets Trademark for Lion, Delays iTunes due to Paranoia While Samsung Thinks of a Custom Arm CPU & Flex Displays
Apple finally gets the Lion trademark, iTunes is delayed due to internal paranoia while Samsung focuses on a new Custom ARM processor and reveals a new tri-fold flexible display smartphone design they have in their labs.
Late Monday, Apple applied to the court ex parte for an order granting them leave to obtain targeted discovery from Motorola Mobility for use in foreign litigations.
A Texas based Company by the name of Intercarrier Communications (ICC) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The Company claims that Apple's Messages and FaceTime applications found in iOS and OS X infringe on their single patent which they took assignment of for the sole purpose of suing other companies. In the last five days, Intercarrier Communications have filed infringement suits against Apple, MobiWeb, Inerop Technologies, BroadSoft, Iris Wireless and others using the same patent. By definition, Intercarrier Communications looks to be the Patent troll of the week.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-nine newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In today's report we mainly cover Apple's granted patents relating to a future magic mouse for graphics and gaming, touch display technology, Apples Map + Compass app, video editing app Motion and a few design patents that include a strange one titled "AlterNative." Updated 1:36 PM MST
Apple Files for Passbook Icon Trademark, Samsung Loses Apple's Rechargeable Battery Business & the Yacht that Steve Jobs Built Launches
Three interesting stories caught our eye this morning and our cover graphic spells them out for you. The last entry in this morning's report is a simple observation on Microsoft's Windows 8 with its new Metro user interface that debuted last week. It's not as scary as it was made out to be, even though it debuted so close to Halloween.
While most have yet to hear about a powerful next-generation computer interface called the "Brain Computer Interface" or BCI, it's one that's getting more attention from gaming companies like Secret Exit and Sony who are now actively researching and developing such an interface for current and future gaming. While it`s true that the full potential of this interface is a decade or more away, one famous pioneer in this field foresees a coming Glass war between Apple, Google and others on this very front. Today`s report briefly covers one of the pioneering companies in this field who have just released their latest product called the "Muse." It`s one of the first products that have pushed the BCI into real world games like Zen Bound 2 for Apple`s iPad. While we can't consider this product a Killer App at this point in time for the BCI, it's likely the first of many products to come to market that will pave the way for a big breakthrough in the future. And considering that a luminary in this field is forecasting a war between Apple and Google on this front via Glass-based wearable computers, we thought it was time to bring this technology back into the spotlight once again.
Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Belkin that describes a few new upcoming iPhone and/or iDevice accessories related to audio. Another accessory is a "camera grip" making it easier to hold the iPhone while taking photos or making a movie. Yet for concert goers, the upcoming Belkin directional/ambient noise microphone iPhone accessory is likely to be a big hit for capturing vastly superior sound on your iPhone concert videos.
A Connecticut Company by the name of WhitServe has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The company states that Apple's Quick Look feature found in OS X Leopard through to Mountain Lion infringes their patent titled "System for sequentially opening and displaying files in a directory."
In a bizarre legal twist, Apple has finally posted an apology on their UK Homepage to Samsung as a UK judgment demanded of them. Yet Apple-Legal decided to play by the letter of the law and used it as an opportunity to set the record straight about Samsung copying the iPad design and more. In the end, Apple took a tough situation and turned water into wine. Updated Nov 01, 2012
Apple to Enter Online Radio Biz, Reports on Q4 Financials and ITC Rules in Apple's Favor against Samsung
Beyond our regular ongoing IP news of the day, we present you with the five top stories that caught our eye on October 25, 2012. Our cover graphic spells out what we thought were the most interesting stories of the day and our report will point you to the best sources.
On October 25, 2012 the European Patent Office published Apple's trademark filing for "iPad mini," dated October 23, 2012, the very day that Apple introduced it. Apple filed their trademark under three International Classes which covers all of the basics that you'd expect in a trademark filing for the iPad mini, such as computers, notepads, e-book readers, computer software, telecommunications, an MP3 player and the all-important one: proprietary computer software in the field of natural language and voice-print recognition that will naturally support Siri. Yet as usual, Apple legal had to go overboard and cover nonsensical areas, just for a laugh at Happy Hour, I suppose. The iPad mini is now legally covered for possible future uses as a fire extinguisher, a sock heater, and yes, even as an egg-candler. Apple legal even thought of the iPad mini being used as a future "voting machine." Why not? I was hoping for a deep fryer but I was out of luck. If you're a glutton for punishment, then check out the full International Class details laid out in our report.
On October 25, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a new series of patent applications from Apple. Our report reveals information on a new Gimbal Press, details on a new LTE patent and links to many other patents worth checking out today.
On October 25, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new universal connector is on the way. Then again, it may already be with us via Apple's new Lighting connector. The illustration in our cover graphic illustrates that the head of the connector will have multiple openings just like today's Lightning connector. There's another major connection between Apple's description of the new connector and today's Lightning connector and our report lays that out. In April 2010 we pointed to Apple's patent covering a new mini tower in the works and Tim Cook confirmed that Apple will be updating the Mac Pro in Q4 2013. This is where this new universal connector will really shine. The new connector on the next generation Mac Pro will likely have a single universal port design that will cover everything from USB, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and Thunderbolt. In the end, there may be more to Apple's new Lightning connector than originally thought.
On 5 February 2007, Apple Inc. and Apple Corps announced a settlement of their trademark dispute under which Apple Inc. would own all of the trademarks related to "Apple" and would license certain of those trademarks back to Apple Corps for their continued use. The settlement ended the ongoing trademark lawsuit between the companies, with each party bearing its own legal costs, and Apple Inc. would continue using its name and logos on iTunes. The settlement included terms that were confidential, although newspaper accounts at the time stated that Apple Computer was buying out Apple Corps' trademark rights for a total of $500 million U.S. The Canadian IP Office disclosed that the famed Beatles recording label logo is now a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
Apple is being sued for allegedly infringing on a patent filed in 2001 by two professors from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological university in the US. A company by the name of Dynamic Advances, who is now the exclusive licensee of this patent, is the one suing Apple. According to the company, Apple's Siri personal assistant software is clearly infringing upon their patent. Is this case initiated by Dynamic Advances LLC just another greedy Patent troll grab-for-cash, or is it about Dynamic Advances being an IP Defender for the two professors? You be the judge. Update October 25, 2012
Three years ago we called for an ultrathin iMac and today Apple delivered it. The new thinner iMac design was mainly accomplished by eliminating the optical drive as they did with their MacBook Air and other MacBooks over time. Yet to be fair to Apple's industrial design team lead by the fanatical Sir Jony Ive, they sweated over the details to refine the LCD process and even used a new welding process called "Friction Stir Welding" in order to get the thinner design just right. And in the heart of this new beast lies an all-new hybrid hard drive that Apple calls a Fusion Drive; a drive that fulfills a 2011 patent application.
Apple Fires South Korean Manager While a Legal Professor Weighs in on Apple's Reasoning for Defending their Patents
News out this morning points to Apple firing their South Korean manager, the US Patent Office invalidating Apple's rubber-banding patent and a legal professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law weighs in on Apple's reasoning for defending their patents. It's not about the money, it's about principle.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published an incredible series of 34 granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Today's report mainly focuses on three Apple patents. The first one relates to Apple TV which lists Steve Jobs as one of the inventors; the second one relates to an all-new iPhone 3D modeling application that has yet to surface; and the third relates to Apple's eighth patent win for iChat videoconferencing. But as you could imagine, within Apple's 34 granted patents were a few other little gems, and we cover five of them which touch on such matters as LTE, voice commands and Cover Flow. We finalize our report by covering Apple's three industrial design wins and provide you with links to a whopping 24 other patents that you'll be able to explore at will. All in all it was a huge granted patent day for Apple, and in just a few hours we'll all be treated to yet another Apple event with more new digital goodies for the holiday season. Enjoy the show!
Apple Aims iPad Mini at Education, Samsung Loses Injunction against Apple in Tokyo & Apple still in Pursuit of Thunderbolt TM
This morning's top 3 stories covers Apple's iPad mini for education, Samsung suffering a setback in its worldwide legal battle with Apple and Apple is still in pursuit of the Thunderbolt trademark. On the other hand, do they already own it?
Apple Files Opposition to Samsung Motion for a New Trial While Apple Drops Java on Security Grounds and Much More
The biggest stories of the morning concern Apple's new court filing countering Samsung's motion for a new trial and that Apple has dropped Java due to a severe security warning. As you could see by our cover graphic, there's more news worth checking out in our report.
Individuals Zach Ward and Thomas Buchar have along with their legal counsel filed a Class Action lawsuit against Apple for locking consumers into the AT&T Network without first obtaining the consumers' contractual consent to have their iPhones locked. They're seeking, amongst other claims, to have Apple immediately provide consumers with unlock codes for their iPhones and for Apple to do so as a matter of practice in the future.
New Apple Store in China, Apple Loses Design Appeal in UK and Sharp's IGZO Displays Outshine Apple's Retina plus More
Five stories that caught our eye this morning include Apple's new Beijing Store opening tomorrow, Apple's legal loss in the UK and Sharp's IGZO display is now in the market and it certainly has a bright future. To round off our report we point to Microsoft slapping their long standing hardware partners and Google takes another crack at cheap notebooks for everyone.
A Delaware company by the name of Evolutionary Intelligence, LLC has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iOS mobile operating system and the devices it runs on such as the iPhone. This same company has also filed several separate suits against Facebook, Twitter and others in the last 24 hours.