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November 2011

It's War: Former SGI Surprises Apple with another Patent Infringement Lawsuit

1 - GPH V. APPLE - patent infringement lawsuit
Late last week, Apple filed two separate patent infringement lawsuits against Graphic Properties Holdings Inc. (GPH), formerly known as Silicon Graphics. One was filed in San Francisco and the other in Oakland which are both noted as being Northern California District Courts. Neither of the electronic court dockets has yet to be unlocked to reveal the details of Apple's formal "Complaint." In the interim, GPH has launched a more powerful patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in Delaware involving more patents than their original patent infringement case against Apple last November. The previous patent infringement lawsuit also included defendants Nintendo and Acer. This time around, GPH is focused solely on Apple. This certainly looks like it's going to be a very long drawn out legal slugfest.  

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Apple Wins Patents for Extendable Port Hatch, Retail Packing & More

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published seventeen new granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our final patent report of the day, we cover Apple's port hatch, which debuted with the original MacBook Air, Apple's wireless keyboard, five design patents and a list of other patents in our final round-up. 

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Apple Wins Patent for Next-Gen Dock with Accessory Power Management

1 - Apple patent, dock with accessory power mgmt
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 17 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our second patent report of the day we focus on a possible next generation docking station from Apple that will include accessory power management. As portables get more powerful, Apple foresees the need for a dock that will be able to manage power more intelligently so that it could power-up larger and more powerful devices safely. As a side note, Apple's patent mysteriously states that the new dock will be able to power up a monitor. That could mean anything ranging from a portable presentation system to that of a TV. Time will tell what Apple has up their sleeve on that particular point; though I must confess that it sounds most inviting.  

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Apple Wins Patent for Luminescence Shock Avoidance in iOS Displays

1 - Apple wins patent for luminescence shock avoidance ...
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 17 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. This morning's first granted patent report focuses entirely on a very interesting invention that relates to display devices, and more particularly, to avoiding luminescence shock (temporary vision impairment) when a display device is activated in a dark environment. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone back in 2007, he stated that the iPhone was protected by more than 200 patents. Today, we get to review one of the originating patents that he referred to.     

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Apple Wins a New Round of iPhone 4 Design Patents in China & Sues SGI

1 - Apple wins a new round of iphone 4 design patents & sues SGI
On November 10, 2010, Graphics Properties Holdings, Inc, formerly known as Silicon Graphics, Inc, sued Apple for allegedly infringing on their patent regarding floating point rasterization. Well, it appears that Apple has decided to counter sue and is now preparing for a showdown. The California courts revealed late last week that Apple had filed two patent infringement cases against Graphics Properties Holdings – though the courts have yet to open the electronic versions of the complaints. While it may be due in-part to the Thanksgiving Holiday schedule, the fact remains that we're still in the dark as to the details of these filings. In other IP News today, Apple has won another round of iPhone 4 Design Patents in China. This report has been updated twice: our last update was made on December 13, 2011.  

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Apple's Developers are Dreaming Up some Wild & Crazy Things!

1 - Apple's Developers are Dreaming Up some Wild & Crazy Things
On this long Holiday weekend, I thought it would be a little bit of fun to take a look at three Apple Developer patents that surfaced this week at the US Patent and Trademark Office. The ideas cover wild and crazy things like service robots, flying machines and synthetic guitars that all happen to tap into Apple's iOS in one way or another. Steve Jobs referred to these kinds of dreamers as "The Crazy Ones" – and today we cheer on a few of these crazies that live beyond Cupertino.  

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Wishing You and Yours a Happy Thanksgiving

Wish You & Yours a Happy Thanksgiving 2011

With the financial markets depressed and the downturn in the economy extending far beyond where any of us thought it would go due in-part to crazy right wing politics, it's so nice to gather with friends and family to just relax and be ourselves for a time. Even though things look dark at times, we must always remember what we should be thankful for. On this day, I'd like to wish you and yours a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. Cheers! (video)   

 


Apple reveals new iOS Developments & Social Networking App

1B - Apple Reveals New iOS Developments & Social Networking App
On America's Thanksgiving 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all-new concept for managing data on future versions of iOS devices. Apple introduces us to the "Persistent Overlay" which is going to be appreciated for those who need to be productive on their iOS devices. It's something like a personal multitasking bar system that will hold photos, tunes and documents that you need quick access to during the day. The patent also reveals that a new social networking app is in the works and that you'll have the ability to use your Magic Mouse or Trackpad with your iPad when docked. 

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Apple Wins Patents for Push Notifications, Magnometer & More

1 - apple wins patents for push notifications, magnometer & more
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of nineteen newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. The most interesting one within this group was by far the one relating to 3D Object Recognition Technology that we posted earlier this morning. Yet there were a number of other practical patents published today that were worth noting. The first one pertains to Apple's push notification system. The second patent relates to the magnometer found in some iOS devices that works tightly in conjunction with their "Maps and Compass" app. A third patent relating to iOS touches on "text input using speech data and non-speech data." And finally, a forth patent relates to the timer mechanism in iOS devices designed to automatically shut down the display when not in use so as to conserve energy. All in all Apple Legal gained an important basket of granted patents today.    

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Apple Wins Secret Patent for High-End 3D Object Recognition

1 - Apple wins patent for high-end 3D object recognition - nov 2011
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today and one of them was a real surprise. Apple has been granted a major patent for 3D object recognition that will allow future iPads to advance graphics like MRI images for use in hospitals and other enterprise and military applications covering high-end security systems using advanced biometrics. Apple secretely acquired this patent at some point in the past from Swedish inventors. When the connections to this patent unfold, you'll be both surprised and excited about what this means for future iOS devices.  

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Apple's Magical Design Studio and Ive's New Toy

1 - Apple's Magical Design Studio & Ive's New Toy
The timing of both a new Apple patent application and where I was in Isaacson's biography this past week seemed to coincide perfectly. While our report presents you with a brief overview of Apple's latest toy for Jonathan Ive, the heart of this report really touches on Apple's Magical Design Studio that mercilessly cranked out one hit after another for the past decade to the chagrin of their competitors.  

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Apple Advances Visual Display Elements to Conserve Battery Life

1 - Apple Advances Visual Dispaly Elements with Microlenses
On November 17, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that technically reveals advancements to visual display elements. The new system uses a combination of a light guide system along with microperforations and microlenses to provide high level alignment on at least one axis. Commercially speaking, the new system could advance the way that Apple creates their backlit logo on MacBooks so as to conserve power and take up less space. Interestingly, Apple's outlook for applications for this system extends to Kitchen appliances, a television and all personal computers stationary or portable.  

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Apple Invents a New Intelligent Multi-Output Adapter

1 - Apple Invents a New Intelligent Multi-Output Adapter
On November 17, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their latest invention pertaining to a new intelligent multi-output adapter. The proposed adapter is to include a relay for intelligently controlling power and connector cords configured to supply differing voltages to two or more electronic devices simultaneously.  

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Apple Invents Crack Resistant Glass Solutions for Portables

1 - Apple Invents Crack Resistant Glass Solutions for Portables
While Donald LeBuhn was filing a class action lawsuit against Apple back in January of this year, accusing the company of misleading customers as to the strength of the glass used in its iPhone 4, Apple was already well into inventing new crack resistant glass solutions for portables like the iPhone. The new solution involves a tunable shock mount that sits between the glass and the body of the device. The specialized mount could be instantly inflated if the device senses a drop event determined by its internal accelerometer. Apple's patent describes using exotic materials that could protect the glass from shattering. As a side bonus, Apple is also considering a solution that could provide portable devices with a new water damage prevention seal. Two Updates have been added to this report 

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Steve Jobs Secret Meeting to Explore an iPod Phone is Revealing

1 - Steve Jobs Secret Meeting to Explore an iPod Phone is Revealing
In our special report today we present you with a fascinating account of one of Steve Jobs' secret meeting that involved creating the iPhone and how the iPod Phone almost came to be. It was much closer to reality than any us could have ever imagined at the time. We also discuss how a "breakthrough" feature was allegedly copied in the Android UI and what Steve Jobs thought of Google's alleged rip-off of Apple's iOS. So sit back with a coffee and enjoy our special report.  

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Apple Wins 31 Patents Covering NFC, Location, the Magic Mouse +

1 - Apple Wins 31 Patents Covering NFC, Location, The Magic Mouse & More
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a whopping 31 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Earlier we covered a Key Swipe Gestures Patent for Virtual Keyboards, another covering a Telephonic MacBook with a Rotatable Display along with an Industrial Design Patent for Apple's Upper West Side NY Apple Store that credited Steve Jobs as one of the designers. In our last report of the day, we cover an eclectic mix of interesting patent wins ranging from a first NFC patent win to one covering location technologies including Infrared beacons. Additionally we cover conductive paints and foils used in the iPhone and another design win for Steve Jobs on the Magic Mouse. All in all it was a huge patent day for Apple and fun for Macites who love to hear the sound of Android-Heads exploding at the mere mention of Apple gaining yet more "e-v-i-l" patents – Ha!  

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Apple Wins Patent for Telephonic MacBook with Rotatable Display

1 - Apple wins patent for Telephonic MacBook with Rotatable Display
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a newly granted patent for Apple Inc. today that sounds like a real winner. The patent points to a MacBook using a clutch barrel structure that supports both a cellular antenna and rotatable display. This officially announces to the Wintel camp that Apple now has the ability to match or beat the Ultrabook design that is to come to market in 2013 with the Haswell processor. Now we just have to applaud loud enough so as to send Apple a clear message that we want a MacBook Tablet combination device. I mean – why should the Wintel camp have all the fun with their upcoming notebook-tablet with Windows 8 and their new touch-based Metro UI? The iPad is Apple's thunder and they should naturally extend it through to a future MacBook or MacBook Air.  

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Steve Jobs Credited as One of the Designers of their Paris Store

1b - Steve Jobs Credited as One of the Designers of their Paris Store
On November 15, 2011, the US Patent and Trademark Office surprises us with a newly granted design patent for the stunning Apple Store in New York's Upper West Side that credits the late, great Steve Jobs. An eye for design was definitely one of the key values that Steve Jobs possessed. It's echoed throughout his biography by Walter Isaacson. Whether it was the original Mac, iPhone, iPad or Store layout – Steve was constantly pushing for product designs that were both simplistic and elegant. So it's fitting that we now applaud Steve's contributions to the great Upper West Side NY Store Design. Update 9AM: Opps, we apparently goofed. The design is in fact that of the Upper West Side Apple Store in New York that uses Hanger Glass - and not that of the store in Paris that we noted in our byline.(Mon Dieu!) 

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Apple Wins Key Swipe Gestures Patent for Virtual Keyboards

1 - Apple Wns Key Swipe Gesture Patent for Virtual Keyboards
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a new granted patent for Apple Inc. today that relates to input systems, methods and devices that use swipe gestures in relation to virtual keyboards. This key 2007 patent introduces a Touch Image Processor, Tap and Slide Recognizers as well as an exemplary Swipe Recognition System. In the bigger picture, this is Apple's seventh win for multi-touch technologies relating to virtual keyboards alone! Apple's previous virtual keyboard patents have covered a wide variety of features including a "Chord Motion Recognizer" right through to large futuristic virtual keyboards. It's an area that Apple intends to continue to lead and excel in as it researches ways to move virtual keyboards to the desktop and beyond. Apple's huge portfolio of original multi-touch and virtual keyboard patents will continue to provide Apple Legal with the means to protect their products in the market against copycats – to the dismay of Android fans whose heads collectively explode with each and every patent victory for Apple: Splat! 

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Design Patents Reveal New MacBook Battery & SSD Configurations

1 - Design Patents Reveal New MacBook Battery & SSD Configurations
China's Hong Kong IP Office has officially published a series of newly registered design patents for Apple relating to battery and Solid State Drive configurations. Evidently longer battery life is on the way. The second IP news flash of the morning is that an iPod Classic graphic that Apple wanted to trademark has been refused and it's because Apple dropped the ball. The question becomes, did they do that purposely? Will the iPod Classic die in 2012 or will it be reinvented? 

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Apple Sued by a Third Party using Powerful Patents from Palm & 3Com

1 - SmartPhone Technologies vs Apple
A company by the name of SmartPhone Technologies is suing Apple, AT&T and AT&T Mobility for patent infringement. So what makes this patent troll case any different from the others? Well, interestingly, Smartphone Technologies states that they're the "exclusive licensee" of the six patents in this case that just happen to be heavy hitters from Palm and 3Com dating back to between 1997 and 2000.  This could be a very interesting case - yet a headache for Apple.  

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Lest we Forget: Remembrance and Veterans Day 2011

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Apple Files Launchpad Icon TM in China + iWeb TM Challenged

1 - Apple files launchpad Icon in China + iWeb TM Challenged
On November 11, 2011, China's Hong Kong IP Office published Apple's trademark application for OS X Lion's Launchpad icon – or should I say, Jumbo icon. Apple's application 302080836 was filed under International Classes 9 and 14 covering such things as computer software, services and social networking. Though truth be told, Apple's legal team zealously listed Launchpad under more than 200 descriptors. In other IP news, Apple's iWeb trademark is being challenged. This dragged out case that began in 2006 is finally getting a full hearing.  

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Apple Reveals New Powerful Gestures in the Works for iOS Devices

1 - Apple Reveals New Powerful Gestures in the Works for iOS Devices
On November 10, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a series of new gestures that will provide users with a number of advantages. It will allow users to view clusters of photos as well as greater detail of photos, maps and/or documents with greater ease and speed. Two of the new gestures are currently dubbed "Hold then Swipe" and "Swipe then Hold." And lastly, we end today's report by sharing Steve Jobs' thoughts on Intellectual Property, according to the Book of Jobs. 

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Apple Reveals Dual OLED Backlights are destined for Future iPad

1 - Apple Reveals Dual OLED Backlights are Destined for a Future iPad
On November 10, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that may reveal some of the changes coming to the iPad 3's backlighting system. This past Monday we learned that Apple is likely to modify LED back-light solutions for next-generation iPads. Today's patent may provide us with a more in-depth peek into where these modifications may be going. Some think that the iPad launching in Q1 2012 is really just a stepping stone to the iPad 3 that's destined for a Q4 2012 release. Something like what the iPhone 4S is to the iPhone 5. In today's patent, Apple discusses the use of one or two OLED backlighting units in a future iPad. Down the road, other devices adopting multiple OLED backlights may include such devices as the Cinema Display, MacBook Air and - if we hold our breath long enough, maybe an HDTV. For now however, the focus is definitely on a future version of the iPad.  

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