According to AustralianIT, Apple has struck an agreement with an Australian biosecurity start-up in another sign the company is readying its iPhone line for the mobile payment era. However, MicroLatch's website makes no mention of this deal with Apple while oddly presenting a 2011 Australian report under their "latest news" banner about the hopes of Apple using NFC in the iPhone in the future. While Apple has in fact filed many patents regarding a future iWallet, we have to be a little skeptical about the news of this deal until further supporting facts arise, mainly due to Apple's recent acquisition of AuthenTec in July for fingerprint sensor technology. We'll update our report if further facts arise this week.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office's database was updated yesterday and behold, we see that both Nokia and Amazon are continuing their formal opposition to Apple's App Store trademark filing. Our report fills you in on the status of this case.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of nineteen newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we primarily cover Apple's patent wins for a Multi-Touch surface controller and a surprisingly fast win for a Spiral-like user interface replacement for today's current Cover Flow in iTunes. Other patents that we briefly look at include Apple's Mighty Mouse and a docking station that never made it to market.
Every once and a while Apple surprises us with a new invention on granted patent day because they filed the original patent filing under one of the engineer's name instead of "Apple Inc." Today, we're treated to a granted a patent that basically reveals that Apple may be thinking of introducing a new hybrid iDevice "Home Button." Since day one Apple had their classic Home Button and more recently introduced a hybrid button for muting audio and/or locking the orientation of your display as noted here. The proposed hybrid Home Button would essentially be constructed in such a manner so as to allow the user to lock the orientation of their iDevice display from the Home Button instead of a side button that exists today. It looks like Apple's reinventing the Home Button for iDevices and it sure makes sense. (Report Updated October 3.)
Apple Granted More LTE Patents & Picks up a Design win for their Classic iTunes Logo Crediting the Late Steve Jobs
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of nineteen newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover two of Apple's granted patents relating to 4G LTE. These are part of the 434 LTE patents that have been amassed by Apple to fully support the iPhone-5 and to fend off potential lawsuits from competitors. On another note, Apple has been granted a design patent for their classic iTunes Logo that lists Steve Jobs as one of the inventors.
A California base company by the name of Ameranth has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. Ameranth's "award winning" inventions enable generation and synchronization of menus, event tickets, and other products across fixed, wireless and/or internet platforms. Ameranth is suing Apple on four counts related to the Passbook Ticketing System that is integrated with iPhone 5 and other iPhone and iPod Touch devices that are running Apple's iOS-6 software, and linked to/with Apple's iCloud, the "Apple Notification Service", and Apple's Safari browser. One of Ameranth's patents were quoted as prior art in an iPhone patent that listed Bas Ording and the late Steve Jobs as inventors.
Research notes from British bank Barclays show that Apple is still on target to release the iPad mini in 2012 and should sell up to 9 million units. Production in one plant has reduced the number of iPads that were expected for the year.