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February 2013

Apple's "Magic Trackpad" is now a Registered Trademark & the Battle over the iPad Brand Name Continues with Acer

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Late yesterday, the Canadian IP Office approved and published Apple's latest registered trademark for "Magic Trackpad." The trademark took a full three years to get approved. On another Intellectual Property front, Apple is still battling Acer for the iPad trademark.  

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New UK Self-Driving Car to Challenge Google's Project

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A new BBC report covers a team at Oxford University that have come up with a self-driving car that's actually affordable. The component for your car will only cost around $150 US. The system takes a while to get up to speed as it has to learn your regular routes. Oxford's Professor Newman stated that "While at an earlier stage of development, Oxford University's car has significant key differences to Google's offering. 

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MoreNews: Meteorite Hits Russia, Staples may Sell Apple Products, Cops Can't Find your iPhone, Leaked PS4 Controller Photo Shows Motion Detector with Touchpad & More

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This morning's edition of MoreNews presents you with 6 links to interesting reports from around the web. Some of the reports that we're covering today include: Meteorite Falls in Russian Urals; Microsoft Could Make Billions from Office for iPad; Staples will reportedly begin selling Apple products in US; The Cops Aren't Going to Find Your Stolen iPhone; Leaked Photo Reveals PlayStation 4 Controller with Touchpad and more. Updated 8:05 A.M. MST: New video about Asteroid 2012DA14's projectory for today.

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MoreNews: Hedge Funds Bring Down Apple, Siri Creator Spins off new Virtual Assistant and A New Black Ops Secret Revealed

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Today's MoreNews presents 8 links to interesting reports around the web. Some of the reports that we're covering today include: Big hedge funds fueled fourth-quarter dive in Apple shares, Siri Creator SRI Spins off a New Virtual Assistant and a video about a wild special ops helicopter.

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The PC market in Western Europe is in a Downward Spiral, But There may be Hope on the Horizon

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At Goldman Sachs Technology Conference earlier this week Tim Cook spent a moment on comparing iPad to traditional PC sales. Cook stated, "To put the 23 million iPads sold in the last quarter in some context, HP, who is the world's largest PC seller, in that same quarter, sold 15 million PCs. So 50+ percent more iPads were sold in that quarter than PCs, and in fact if you look at the full year last year, there were more iPads sold than HP sold of their entire PC lineup. And so there has been a sea change here, but I think we're in the early innings of this game." Today, Gartner Research issued a press release concerning the dire shape that the personal computer market as we know it is in. It's clear that PC's, as in traditional desktops and notebooks "will continue to be marginalized," stated one of Gartner's analysts. Yet stats are only one part of the equation and there may be a glimmer of hope for the PC on the horizon.  

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Microsoft Preparing to Launch a "Surface Mini" Tablet

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Apple wasn't the only speaking at Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, and Microsoft's CFO Peter Klein tried to garner some attention by saying that Microsoft is ready, willing and able to launch a device similar to Apple's iPad mini. But the talk ended there and melted into a fog of when they'd actually launch it. Is Microsoft back to their vaporware days or will they deliver such a beast this year?  

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Android & iOS Took 91% of the Smartphone OS Market in 4Q

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IDC's latest report isn't exactly a shocker but still interesting to see the breakout of the top 5 Smartphone operating systems. Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team stated that "The dominance of Android and Apple reached a new watermark in the fourth quarter. Finding an Android smartphone for nearly any budget, taste, size, and price was all but guaranteed during 2012. As a result, Android was rewarded with market-beating growth." Over the next few years, these numbers could dramatically change.  

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Paul Allen's IP Firm Files new Lawsuit against Apple. Update: The Current Infringement Case was Dismissed

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By now everyone knows that Paul Allen's IP firm "Interval Licensing" has sued most everyone in techland including Apple, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Yahoo and others. Today, Interval Licensing has filed a new patent infringement case against Apple in Seattle's District Court. Report Update 2:20 PM PT

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Apple Invents New Robotic Arm Finishing System for iPhone

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In late January Patently Apple reported that production of Apple' iPhone 5 at Hon Hai had begun to utilize a robotic workforce. Hon Hai is aiming to have more than a million robots on their production line over the next few years covering everything from precision work right down to finishing work like polishing. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office revealed Apple's patent application for an invention relating to a robotic arm designed for the finishing process of products such as the iPhone. Today's patent report closes by presenting you with a wide range of other patent filings that were published today covering such matters as the MagSafe 2 connector and Apple's Internal LCD display testing methodology.  

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Samsung to Release a New High-End Smartphone in Q4 with its Own OS to Seriously Challenge Apple's iOS & Ecosystem

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A new Korean report states that Samsung is going to try a breakaway move from Google with its own operating system and perhaps a new Samsung Store for online shoppers. Now that Samsung Electronics has emerged as a global smartphone leader, it must correct its one glaring weakness: Software. Samsung is reported about to introduce its very own operating system at the Mobile World Congress at the end of this month. Samsung will showcase a high-end phone running on the new OS to a closed group of clients.

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Apple Appeal Brief Regarding Apple v. Samsung now Available

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In a new report posted this afternoon we find out that Apple only extended a provisional patent license to Nokia for a limited 'standstill' period. Yesterday Apple filed its opening brief in the appeal of Judge Lucy Koh's denial of a permanent injunction against multiple Samsung products. It finally became accessible over the Internet a couple of hours ago.

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LinkedIn CEO Just Rewarded His Staff with a Cool iPad Mini

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According to an NBC related site, CEO Jeff Weiner just gave every employee an iPad mini. LinkedIn employee Darain Faraz, a communication manager at the company, tweeted about receiving the Apple device from his company and praised Weiner for the gift. Krista Canfield, a senior communication manager at LinkedIn, confirmed the news by stating that ""We wanted to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of all of our employees in 2012. During today's biweekly All Hands meeting, we surprised our employees with iPad Minis as a small gesture of the company's gratitude for their contributions," she said. By the way, that translates into a giveaway of 3,458 iPad minis.

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Apple Hit with Second Shareholder Lawsuit Similar to Einhorn's

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According to the Toronto Star, Apple was hit with another shareholder lawsuit today, a case that is similar to the court challenge that star hedge fund manager David Einhorn brought as part of his push to unlock the company's cash hoard. The new lawsuit, filed by an investor from Pennsylvania in U.S. District Court in New York, seeks to block Apple from moving forward with a Feb. 27 shareholder vote on two proxy proposals.  

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Bizarre Ruling has Apple Losing their iPhone trademark in Brazil

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Although Apple's iPhone trademark is registered in the US, they've somehow lost some of their rights to the trademark in Brazil. Brazilian regulators have ruled that Apple does not have exclusive rights to use the "iPhone" trademark in the country. Although Apple will appeal the ruling, they had rightfully argued before the court that it should have been given full rights since Gradiente had not released a product using the iPhone name until December 2012.  

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Future Opera Browser Aimed for iOS to be WebKit Based

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Opera has issued a press release this morning stating that they'll be shifting to WebKit for smartphone browsers, the same foundation used in Apple's Safari. Opera specifically stated that "To provide a leading browser on Android and iOS, this year Opera will make a gradual transition to the WebKit engine, as well as Chromium, for most of its upcoming versions of browsers for smartphones and computers."  

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MoreNews for 02.13.13

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Today's MoreNews presents 19 links to interesting reports around the web. Stay tuned for more reports throughout the day. For your convenience, our number count noted above in red will be updated as we add content. Some of the reports that we're covering today include: High stakes if Apple e-books antitrust case goes to trial in U.S; Tim Cook’s comments on Apple Stores, illustrated; Apple's Path Back To $600: Tougher, But Still Doable; Globally, Android Takes a 3 to 1 Lead Over iOS; Apple CEO blasts OLEDs as inferior tech; Welcome to the Malware-Industrial Complex and more.    

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Apple Strikes Gold in Japan with iPhone Taking Top Spot in Q4

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A new report by Counterpoint Research found that Apple's iPhone shipments struck gold in the Japanese market by taking 16% market share in the fourth quarter of 2012 and 15% for the full year of 2012. Apple ended Sharp's 6 year reign last year as it took the crown. As a result in Q4 2012 foreign brands like and Apple, Samsung and LG took 50% of the handset market in Japan. Chinese Brands like Huawei saw sales jump three fold in a short period.  

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There's No Secret Wearable Computer Plan or Platform at Apple based on Old Patents Acquired in a Lawsuit

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Today another Mac site made a big deal about a patent that Apple had to acquire because of a lawsuit between PhatRat and Apple back in 2006. It's not that Apple couldn't create a line of next generation sportswear down the road, because they could if the patent being hailed today was actually something that Team Apple actually filed for. But they didn't. They acquired it so that they could keep Nike + iPod alive. Plain and simple, end of story – with no "secret" anything happening at Apple. Today's Granted patent clearly shows that the inventor doesn't work at Apple. The lead inventor is Curtis Vock of PhatRat, the very inventor and company that sued Apple. But hey, if you want to believe in fairy tales, then keep believing in Apple's secret platform based on this old patent. Ha! I needed a good laugh today.  

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Tuesday's MoreNews All Day: Cook Considers Preferred Stock, Apple Makes Oodles of Profit from Accessories & Much, Much More

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Today's MoreNews presents 19 links to interesting reports around the web. Stay tuned for more reports throughout the day. We'll change the red number count noted above as we add contents so that you'll know our current report count at all times.  

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Apple's "Cards" App is Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit

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Express Card Systems of Frisco Texas filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple late yesterday that has come to light this morning. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's "Cards" App. The company states that Apple is infringing two of their patents.  

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Apple Granted 27 Patents Covering Adaptive Sensors, Cellular MacBook Antennas, Tactile Feedback for iDevices & Much More

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-seven newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today which includes two design wins covering Apple's iPod Classic and Newsstand icon. In Addition, today's granted patent report covers such inventions as adaptive sensors for GPS tracking accuracy, the MacBook's speaker grill, tactile feedback for iDevices, a unique accessory for the iPod that has yet to surface and one that allows a future iPod or iPhone to become your MacBook or iMac mouse.

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Apple's iPad Enjoying Solid Success with Life Insurance Companies in China

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A new report from China Times today discussed how the insurance industry in China is finally joining the cloud era to keep up with the pace of smartphones and tablets. It's now easy now for a salesman to pick up an iPad and provide customers with up to date information that they want to review with their customers. One Company in particular called Cathay Life started with 15,000 iPads back in late 2011 and as of this month have advanced the iPad's penetration into the firm with up to 65,000 units. Other insurance agencies are now following suit and taking up the iPad at MassMutal Mercuries Life Partnership and China Life.  

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Judge Speeds Up Einhorn versus Apple Case Scheduling

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A judge approved Apple's request to speed up the schedule in a lawsuit filed by star hedge fund manager David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, part of an effort to get the company to share its huge cash reserves with investors. U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan of the Southern District of New York on Monday brought forward the legal schedule by a few days at Apple's request, which argued that the issue would have a big impact on the upcoming shareholder meeting on February 27. Apple told the judge that the request to modify the schedule had the support of Einhorn's counsel. Einhorn, a well-known short-seller and Apple gadget fan, shocked Wall Street last week by suing Apple to stop the iPhone maker from eliminating from its charter the ability to issue preferred stock without shareholder approval.  

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Is LG Really Behind a Current Lawsuit against Apple?

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Patently Apple reported on a Company by the name of OSS suing Apple with an LG patent back in August 2012. At the time, FOSS Patents noted our report and posted his views as to why an LG patent was being used. In his second view on the matter, FOSS noted that "The other -- is potentially a more meaningful alternative in that this previously-unheard-of Florida-based plaintiff could be a proxy steered by LG. In that case, this would be either a warning shot or the beginning of a wider conflict between Apple and LG, which the latter may deem inevitable."

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