Tag Archive: Patent


Apple Loses Bid To Add Galaxy S4 To Ongoing Patent Lawsuit Against Samsung

Samsung-Galaxy-S4-white-frontApple has lost its bid to add the new Galaxy S4 to its ongoing patent lawsuit against Samsung. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal said that adding yet another device to the case is a “tax on the court’s resources,” and that it takes time away from other parties who require the court’s attention. The lawsuit […]

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Tokyo Court Finds Samsung Guilty Of Infringing Apple ‘Rubber Banding’ Patent

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A Tokyo court has today found Samsung guilty of infringing an Apple “bounce-back” or “rubber banding” patent that covers the popular scrolling feature built into its iOS platform. Apple has been using the patent against Samsung in a number of courtrooms all over the world, but back in April, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office deemed it invalid.

In earlier versions of its Galaxy smartphones, Samsung allegedly copied the feature that  [Read More…]

ITC Bans Imports Of Older AT&T iPhones, iPads After Major Samsung Patent Win

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Following a win by Samsung in the International Trade Court claiming that older Apple devices violate one of its patents, the ITC has issued an import ban on iPhone 4, iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G devices that run on the AT&T network.

The patent in question was Patent No. 7,706,384, which is called an “apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CDMA  [Read More…]

President Obama Goes To War Against Patent Trolls

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The term “patent troll” tends to be thrown around a lot when talking about Apple, Samsung, et al.’s endless patent litigation, but there’s a big difference between companies trying to protect their patent profiles in court and the sort of trolls who exist for no other reason than to sue other companies for violations on overly broad patents that they aren’t using, stifling innovation (for example, notorious in-app patent troll Lodsys).

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Apple Patent Hints At Proximity-Based Volume Controls For Future iPhones

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Wouldn’t it be great if your iPhone automatically increased its speaker volume when you pulled it away from your ear, or decreased it as you moved it closer? According to a new Apple patent recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, this could be a feature of future iPhones. 

The patent application, which covers the “adjustment of acoustic properties based on proximity detection,” was first submitted in 2008, but  [Read More…]

Apple Wants To See Android Source Code Records In Samsung Patent Suit

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Apple wants to see documents related to Android source code in its ongoing patent infringement suit against Samsung. The Cupertino company has asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal to force Google to hand over the information, which it is allegedly withholding improperly, Bloomberg reports.

As part of its second patent-infringement case against Samsung, Apple argues that Android “provides much of the accused functionality” in all of Samsung’s allegedly infringing products. As such,  [Read More…]

Court Rules In Favor Of Apple, Invalidates Last Motorola Patent In Lawsuit [Report]

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Motorola’s patent trove weakens.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)  has officially ruled in favor of Apple against Google’s Motorola Mobility in a patent case that began in 2010. The last patent Motorola was using to sue Apple for infringement has been ruled invalid by the ITC.

Motorola sued Apple for allegedly violating six of its patents three years ago, and today’s patent was the last of six patents to be thrown out  [Read More…]

Apple’s Patent For A Hybrid iPad/MacBook Is Eerily Similar To The Microsoft Surface

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Even though it’d probably be pretty cool, we’ve concluded that a touchscreen MacBook Air or iMac probably wouldn’t be fun to use for an extended period of time, thanks to gorilla arm syndrome.

But what if Apple made an iPad/MacBook Air hybrid? It turns out that Apple has been considering the idea of it for sometime, and based on its patent filings, the iPad/MacBook hybrid would look a lot like some  [Read More…]

USPTO Confirms Apple’s ‘Rubber Banding’ Patent Is Invalid

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Apple has been dealt yet another blow by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office after receiving confirmation that its famous “rubber banding” patent, which plays a key role in the company’s fight against Samsung, is invalid. The “final” decision comes after the USPTO tentatively rejected all claims in the ’381 patent back in October 2012.

While the initial ruling invalidated all 20 claims in patent ’381, three of them (14, 17, and 18)  [Read More…]

Intertrust Sues Apple Over DRM Related Patent Infringements

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A joint venture company between Philips and Sony called Intertrust, has decided to file a patent infringement suit against Apple, asserting that 15 of the company’s patents have been violated.

Intertrust’s patents cover a range of devices and services for digital restrictions management (DRM) to protect intellectual property.

In a statement on the company’s website, Intertrust’s CEO, Talal Shamoon had the following to say regarding the lawsuit.

“Apple makes many  [Read More…]