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October 2012

Apple Patent Filings for Siri & AirPlay Mirroring Come to Light

1. Apple Patent Filings for Siri & AirPlay Mirroring Come to Light
On October 18, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two key patent applications from Apple worth noting. The first is one of the original patent applications for Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, that debuted on the iPhone 4S last year. The second patent covers Apple's AirPlay Mirroring technology that allows content on an iDevice to be wirelessly transferred to a much larger display such as your Home or business HDTV or beyond. 

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Apple Seeks Passbook TM, Acquires HTML5 Firm "Particle"

1. Apple Seeks Passbook TM, Acquires HTML 5 Firm Particle
It appears that Apple's trademark filing for "Passbook" fell through the cracks over at the US Patent & Trademark Office this past summer. Apple filed for their trademark on June twenty-seventh and it only came to light this morning. In other news, Apple has acquired the hip San Francisco HTML5 firm "Particle."  

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Judge Koh Denies Samsung Motion to Strike (Update)

1. Legal News - Judge Koh Denies Samsung Motion to Strike
Groklaw is reporting that as expected, Judge Lucy Koh has denied Samsung's motion to strike. Samsung pointed out that the judge had told the parties to limit their briefs on two kinds of motions -- for judgment as a matter of law and on motions asking for an injunction -- to 30 pages. Additionally, there was a rule not to use declarations or other exhibits attached to motions to bring up matters not in the main brief. Portions of Apple's declarations attached to Apple's injunction motion, in Samsung's view, violated those rules. So it asked for a sanction, that the offending portions of the declarations be stricken, but Judge Koh didn't see it that way: "Samsung's reason for striking the material is procedural: that the declarations serve to circumvent the page limits for Apple's motion in violation of the Court's Order Re: Post-Trial Proceedings issued on August 28, 2012, ECF No. 1945." As the motion to strike is essentially an "evidentiary or procedural objection" to the permanent injunction motion, it must be contained within the opposition brief and subject to the opposition brief's page limitations. Because Samsung filed the motion to strike separately from the opposition, Samsung's motion to strike is DENIED.   

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Apple Wins Patents for Camera & NFC Alternative Technologies

1. Apple Wins Patents for Camera & NFC Alternative Technologies
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of thirty-two newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our final granted patent report of the day we focus on Apple's new NFC Alternative technology, a patent on location services and several camera related patents. And of course, we round off our report with a series of granted patents in our Final Patent Round Up covering an eclectic mix of technologies from virtual keyboards on through to multiple-use acoustic ports.  

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Apple Wins Audio Jack with Included Mic & Multiple iPad Smart Cover Patents

1. Apple wins audio Jack with included mic ...
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of thirty-two newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a new audio jack with included microphone patent that actually may foretell of a future iPhone feature. Our report also covers multiple wins for Apple's iPad Smart Cover and others relating to headsets.

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Apple Granted Patents for Unique 3D Remote, iTunes UI plus iPad & iPhone Designs

1. Apple Granted Patents for 3D Remote, iTunes UI plus iPad & iPhone Designs
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of thirty-two newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a unique 3D remote for a future version of Apple TV that could work with games and applications with superior accuracy and zooming capabilities. Apple was also granted a patent for their industry leading iTunes UI and distribution system along with design wins for the iPad, iPhone and more.

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Apple Files for "Guided Access" TM & Xbox Music Debuts

1. Apple Files for Guided Access TM & Xbox Music Debuts
Apple has filed for the trademark "Guided Access in Hong Kong China. The trademark represents a new iOS 6 feature that builds on Apple's Accessibility feature set. The new feature provides users with the ability to confine touch input in certain parts of the screen. In other news today, Microsoft's Xbox Music will debut today, well ahead of their Windows 8 launch.  

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Future Sony Gaming May use Gaze, Gesture & Brainwave Controls

1 PAA. Future Sony Gaming may use Gaze, Gesture & Brainwave Controls
In September Microsoft presented their vision of future gaming and it was a wild ride to read about to be sure. Today, we take a look at what Sony has on their mind for advancing gaming from one of their more recent patent filings. While it's definitely a different vision from Microsoft's, it's equally fascinating in shear scope. Sony envisions a day when your physical controller will be replaced or enhanced with a combination of a human gaze, a voice command, hand gesturing and even telekinetic-like powers. The latter, believe or not, is based on using the gamers own brainwaves that are picked up by an apparatus hidden on the inside of a new gaming headset. And if you're thinking that this will never happen, then think again. We have a video that proves it's already working in early testing.  

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Apple Sued for LED Lighting Found in iPad 3 & MacBook Pro

1. LED Tech Development v. Apple
LED Tech Development LLC has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns four granted patents that they claim Apple's iPad 3 and MacBook Pro infringe upon. Charles Lemaire, one of the original inventors noted on all four patents in this lawsuit has also been credited with patents for Lockheed Martin, Nuance Communications and other major companies.  

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Artist Files Copyright Suit against Apple for Retina Display Photo

1. Copyright infringement report - Sabine Liewald vs. Apple
Sabine Liewald of Switzerland has filed a copyright lawsuit against Apple for their use of her registered photograph used in connection with Apple's latest Retina Display based MacBook Pro ad campaign without proper license.

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Apple's iPad Sales Skyrocket in Vietnam While US Prepares for First-Strike Cyberattack

1A. iPad Sales through roof in Vietnam, America prepares for 1st Strike Cyberattack
Patently Apple has rounded up a smorgasbord of interesting news tidbits this morning that cover such matters as iPad sales skyrocketing in Vietnam; Apple avoids a sales ban of their products in Korea; the US prepares for a serious first-strike cyberattack from abroad and much more. 

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Apple's R&D Playbook: LTE, Camera, Encryption Patents & More

1. Apple's R&D Playbook - LTE, iPhoto, Camera, Encryption Patents & More
In Apple's R&D Playbook this week we learned that Apple is working on a more sophisticated unlocking screen mechanism and e-Commerce security feature using biometrics. We also learned about new writing techniques for signatures and taking notes on iDevices and even about a cool fabric carrying case for an iPhone. To close out this week's discoveries, we see that Apple revealed another of their new LTE related patents specifically relating to managing connections between an iPhone and a plurality of wireless networks such as 3GPP LTE and 3GPP2 CDMA 2000. The remaining Apple goodies that were published by the US Patent and Trademark Office today could only be loved by the super geeks and engineers amongst us. But if you like this kind of stuff, then we provide you with all of the necessary links to get you to geek heaven.   

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Apple Continues to Advance Writing Techniques for iDevices

1. Apple Continues to Advance Writing Techniques for iDevices
On October 11, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that reveal their ongoing work related to handwriting on iDevices such as the iPad and iPhone. One filing covers new active writing regions for applications such as Notes while the other filing deals with new writing techniques for signatures. The latter is a needed feature in an enterprise environment or other working environments such as delivery services which require a signature to confirm receipt of goods.

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Apple Invents Biometric Features for e-Commerce & Security

1. Apple invents biometric features for e-commerce & Secuity
On Tuesday Apple was granted a patent for a two-step unlock screen feature that has yet to be implemented. Today, Apple introduces us to an all-new unlock screen feature that utilizes higher integrated security features via biometrics that could also be used in e-Commerce transactions. In late September we reported on Intel's big push into building biometrics into future Wintel devices – and so it comes as no surprise that we now find that Apple has been refining next wave e-Commerce security features using highly sophisticated biometrics. To accelerate their biometric projects Apple recently acquired AuthenTec in July. The race is definitely on to get consumers ready for the next wave of e-Commerce transactions and to ensure that they're processed securely.  

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New Apple Patent Reveals Future Fabric iPhone Carrying Case

1. Applle patent on fabric iPhone carrying case
The World Intellectual Property Office revealed late last week that Apple had filed for a patent to protect one of their latest inventions relating to an all-new iPhone carrying case that's made from a combination of fabric and a plurality of polymer-based films. Apple's process will also use unbelievably accurate lasers to imprint their logo onto the fabric case with consistent impeccable quality.

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Google's Good-Guy Patent Routine Questioned by Authorities

1. Google's Good-Guy Patent Routine Questioned by Authorities
The Korean Times reported late yesterday that David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer (CLO), said that the company would continue to defend the Android ecosystem amid the rising tension in global patent disputes. While this is Google's standing good-guy routine in the public, the fact is that the Department of Justice, FTC and International Telecommunication Union don't seem to agree with them. In fact an international Patent Roundtable event being held today will be highlighting Google's practices in an attempt to find a remedy to halt damaging essential patent tactics being employed today that could harm the smartphone industry as a whole. Apple will be in attendance at this event and didn't release a pre-event statement.

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Apple Wins a Point of Sale System Patent & More

1. Apple Wins a Point of Sale System Patent
Apple has received a Granted Patent that relates to a Point-of-Sale System. Apple's invention covers methods and systems for scanning two or more images visually encoded to have different types of codes encoded therein, in a single scanning operation, and processing the codes. In some embodiments, the present technology is particularly useful in the retail environment, wherein some products now have multiple barcodes which must be scanned to complete the transaction. To round off our report we present you with the links to the remaining 9 granted patents of the day which covers chroma noise reduction for cameras and much more.

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Apple Wins New Touch & Two-Step Unlock Home Screen Patents

1. Apple Wins New Touch & Two-Step Unlock Home Screen Patents
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-seven newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our first granted patent report of the day we cover a newly detailed single and multi-touch centric patent along with another which covers screen locking based on dual sliders. We close out our report by presenting you with 3 new Apple design patents and a list of 11 granted utility patents which touch on such things as Apple TV and parallel computing on multiple processors.

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A NY Times Patent Expert Presents Negative Apple Spin

1. A NY Times Patent Expert Presents Negative Apple Spin
Since 2006, Apple has reportedly been sued by patent trolls 135 times and in that same timeframe has launched a small number of focused lawsuits against competitors who have copied the iPhone. In Fairview Research's 2011 top 50 US Patent Assignees' list, Apple came in thirty-ninth place with 676 patents while Samsung clocked in at the number two position with 4,894 patent filings. Yet despite Apple's ranking and right to sue those who are allegedly copying their high profile iPhone, a recent article by The New York Times titled "The Patent, Used as a Sword," definitely takes a calculated swing at Apple by allowing a clearly biased expert to taint one of Apple's key patents in the public's eye. Yet with that said, the New York Times article covers a lot of very interesting ground including a wrenching case where an up and coming company with Siri related technology died by the hand of their very sophisticated competitor, Nuance, even though they actually won their case in court. Today's report focuses on a few of the segments found in the NY Times article that directly relate to Apple.

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Samsung Enjoys Record Profits While Employing Child Labor

1. Samsung Enjoys Record Profits While Employing Child Labor
While Bloomberg was reporting on Friday that Samsung had reported a record operating profit jumping to 91 percent, I was reading a scathing report titled "Samsung Factory Exploiting Child Labor," which made me wonder: did Samsung's huge leap in profits come off the backs of child laborers? Members of China Labor Watch (CWL) who were responsible for the report stated that they "were stunned by the results of the investigation of HEG Electronics, which showed that the practice of hiring child labor is prevalent in this factory." HEG Electronics is an important partner of South Korea's Samsung, processing such products as mobile phones, DVDs, stereo equipment and MP3s for Samsung.  

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Foxconn Assembly Line Protests Apple's Overly Strict iPhone 5 Quality Demands

1. Foxconn assembly line protests Apple's Overly Strict iPhone 5 Quality demands
It's being reported on this morning that Foxconn Technology Group workers on an assembly line that makes Apple's iPhone 5 walked off their jobs yesterday, said advocacy group China Labor Watch. Three to four thousand production employees only returned to work today after management threatened to fire them for failure to show up for work. 

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Apple Patent Reveals New Concept Notebook & 3D Trackpad

1. Apple Patent Reveals New Concept Notebook & 3D Trackpad
Last week Patently Apple broke the news about an Apple invention describing a new laminate notebook with a hidden display in its lid. The basic idea behind this concept had been around for some time and Intel actually presented a prototype of it at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in January. Intel's Ultrabook prototype, dubbed "Nikiski," featured a "transparent mouse-pad spanning the width of the device. When closed, the pad made it possible to continue to view the top-third of the device's screen, with the pad acting as a touch-screen interface, enabling the user to view and interact with a custom Metro UI app for quick access to social media and important information without the need to open up the Ultrabook." Coincidentally or not, this just happens to be a page right out of one of Apple's recent patent applications filed for years ago. Today we'll review the highlights of this patent that interestingly provides us with a few twists along the way.  

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On this Day, We Respectfully Remember Steve Jobs

1AA - On this Day, We Respectfully Remember Steve Jobs 1955-2011
The late Steve Jobs was one of the greatest CEO's of our time. Though for my generation, he was so much more. He was an inspirational force, a rebel with a cause, and definitely one of the "craziest ones" of our time who indeed made a difference in how we use computers and mobile devices in our daily lives today. On this day, we respectfully remember the late, great Steve Jobs. 

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Apple Invents New Headset with Unique Wireless Option

1. Apple invents new headset with unique wireless option
On October 4, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a rather inventive new headset that provides users with a temporary wireless option that's great for when you're working out in the gym or jogging. 

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In the Future you may set Print Settings by shaking your iDevice

1. In the Future You may Set Print Settings by Shaking your Device
On October 4, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new iDevice project that relates to advancing print settings. Apple's invention introduces new iDevice motions to define print settings quick and easy. Apple also reveals a new side menu for printing options that could be quite useful in quickly identifying which pages to print and which types of paper stocks to print your content on. As Apple's iDevices continue to move into the enterprise and deeper into the offices of the Fortune 500, advancing print options on iDevices is exactly what the doctor ordered.

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