Patents archive

  • Samsung and Google sign big ten-year patent partnership
    Phones

    Samsung and Google sign big ten-year patent partnership

    By 26 January 2014

    Samsung announced on Sunday that it and Google have entered a ten-year partnership to license each other's current patents and those filed in the future. It marks a significant move within the patent space, as Samsung will now have access to the patents...

  • Qualcomm expands vast mobile patent portfolio by acquiring Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone patents (update)
    Phones

    Qualcomm expands vast mobile patent portfolio by acquiring Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone patents (update)

    By 24 January 2014

    Qualcomm has acquired a patent portfolio from Hewlett-Packard that includes 1,400 US-granted patents and 1,000 granted patents and pending patent applications from other countries. This includes the patents previously held by HP for Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone...

  • Apple patents DRM transfer between users too, follows Amazon's pre-owned digital content footsteps
    Online

    Apple patents DRM transfer between users too, follows Amazon's pre-owned digital content footsteps

    By 8 March 2013

    Like Amazon before it, Apple has given a clear indication that it plans to introduce some form of pre-owned system for users to transfer digital content to each other, either through loan or resale. The US Patent and Trademark Office has published details...

  • Samsung perfume-emitting phone patented
    Phones

    Samsung perfume-emitting phone patented

    By 9 August 2012

    A mobile phone that gives off perfume-scented vapours? As far as features go it’s not on the top of our wish list. However, this hasn’t stopped Samsung applying for a patent for a phone that does just this. The patent, along with conceptual image,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales banned in USA, customers will have to buy the Galaxy Tab 2 instead
    Tablets

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales banned in USA, customers will have to buy the Galaxy Tab 2 instead

    By 27 June 2012

    A court has banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in America, stating that the Android tablet infringes the Apple iPad design.  The preliminary injunction comes ahead of a court case at the end of July that will see Apple and Samsung battle...

  • Apple devices to get a 3D user interface
    Online

    Apple devices to get a 3D user interface

    By 13 January 2012

    Apple iOS-powered devices could be getting a new 3D graphical user interface according to patents recently filed by the company. The new UI should be capable of rendering advanced 3D environments as well as, and get this, detecting hovering hand gestures....

  • Apple touch keyboard loses the keys
    Online

    Apple touch keyboard loses the keys

    By 26 July 2011

    If the current Apple Mac keyboard isn't magical enough for you (is the keyboard "magical" yet? We can't keep track of all the iThings Jobs has given the magic tag to) then you might be interested to hear that Apple has patented a revolutionary new touchscreen...

  • Apple awarded significant touchscreen patent
    Phones

    Apple awarded significant touchscreen patent

    By 23 June 2011

    Apple has been awarded a crucial patent regarding touchscreens, one it first applied for way back in 2007. Following Apple patent applications is both a laborious and tedious affair. Hardly a day goes past without the web buzzing about yet another Cupertino...

  • Apple and Nokia patent infringement case comes to an end
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    Apple and Nokia patent infringement case comes to an end

    By 14 June 2011

    Looks like Apple and Nokia have finally decided to play nice and bring their patent lawsuit to an end. The result? Well it looks like good news for the Finnish company, who has received a one-off settlement from Apple as well as continued royalties. The...

  • Apple patent shows 'magical' bezel of the future
    Online

    Apple patent shows 'magical' bezel of the future

    By 8 April 2011

    Apple could be about to add visual indicators and touch-sensitive buttons to the bezel that surrounds the display of future devices like the iPad and the iPhone, going beyond the standard touch-sensitive buttons and notification lights found on many...

  • Does Apple have 3D iPhone in the works?
    Phones

    Does Apple have 3D iPhone in the works?

    By 28 December 2010

    Apple has been awarded a patent for a 3D stereoscopic display system fuelling rumour that it is considering adding 3D screen/projection technology to its products, including the iPhone, iPad or Mac computers. Alternatively, the company could be about...

  • Apple patents "logo antenna" technology
    Phones

    Apple patents "logo antenna" technology

    By 24 December 2010

    Apple has always been famous for placing its logo into the lids or backs of its various devices; most notable in its Mac book range of laptops, as the logo is illuminated when turned on. Now, it seems that this logo will not just have an aesthetic quality,...

  • iPad 2 patent shows possible future features
    Tablets

    iPad 2 patent shows possible future features

    By 27 September 2010

    Detailed schematics that potentially show features of the next version of the iPad have been uncovered in China by Patently Apple, a website that tracks Apple patent applications. The new designs, which are unconfirmed at present, describe two supposedly...

  • Paul Allen sues Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube and more
    Online

    Paul Allen sues Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube and more

    By 28 August 2010

    Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, and not the character from American Psycho, is suing Apple, Google, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube citing that the online sites are all breaking patents owned...

  • Apple Smart Bicycle System patent promises to bring Nike Plus to cyclists
    Sports Fitness

    Apple Smart Bicycle System patent promises to bring Nike Plus to cyclists

    By 7 August 2010

    Apple has patented a system that would allow you to turn your iPod into a bike computer, in the same way that users can currently use the Nike Plus system to track their running performance. Patently Apple, yes a site dedicated to find and reporting...

  • Nokia sues Apple over iPad patents
    Online

    Nokia sues Apple over iPad patents

    By 7 May 2010

    Nokia has chosen picturesque Wisconsin to file a sharp lawsuit against Apple, with accusations of infringing five patents related to the 3G variant of the iPad. It's the second US lawsuit in recent history, and the fifth pending legal action across the...

  • Microsoft to profit from Android
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    Microsoft to profit from Android

    By 29 April 2010

    It looks like Microsoft are going to start profiting from mobile phone operators selling Android handsets following the announcement of a patent agreement with HTC. In what will most likely send shivers down other mobile handset makers like Samsung,...

  • Apple planning iGroups social app
    Online

    Apple planning iGroups social app

    By 18 March 2010

    Apple has filed an interesting patent which describes a mobile phone application that allows groups of people to share information about a live event as it's occurring. It's called iGroups. It ties in with MobileMe and uses a very sophisticated cryptographic...

  • Apple patents door-unlocking iKey
    Online

    Apple patents door-unlocking iKey

    By 8 March 2010

    US technology manufacturer Apple has revealed that it's working on functionality that'd allow you to unlock doors using your mobile phone or a similar gadget. The hardware and software giant filed a patent (PDF link) for a device that uses near-field...

  • Apple sues HTC over 20 iPhone patents
    Phones

    Apple sues HTC over 20 iPhone patents

    By 2 March 2010

    Apple has announced that it's suing HTC on 20 counts of patent infringement, all of which relate to the iPhone, its user interface, its underlying architecture and its hardware. Android isn't mentioned in the press release, indicating that the interface...

  • Patent granted to Facebook's news feed
    Online

    Patent granted to Facebook's news feed

    By 26 February 2010

    In what could potentially be an immensely disruptive move, the US Patent office has granted a patent to Facebook for "displaying a news feed in a social network environment". The website applied for the patent in August 2006 - just before it launched...

  • Sony patents universal video game controller
    Gaming

    Sony patents universal video game controller

    By 19 February 2010

    Sony has patented a video games controller that would work seamlessly across multiple consoles, in the same way that manufacturers offer phone chargers that work on many different types of handset. The patent describes a device that has a touchscreen...

  • Apple patents rocking and rolling mouse
    Gaming

    Apple patents rocking and rolling mouse

    By 19 February 2010

    A just-revealed patent from Apple shows that the Magic Mouse might be getting even more super powers in the future. As well as touch abilities, Apple is considering even more motion sensors than your average computer rodent boasts with a triple-axes gyroscope...

  • Apple granted 3D virtual store patent
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    Apple granted 3D virtual store patent

    By 10 February 2010

    Apple has successfully been granted a patent that would allow it to open a 3D virtual store, paving the way for a Second Life style world where you could roam around, looking at products, before making a purchase. The patent is titled "Method, system,...

  • Apple patents DVR functionality on portable devices
    Home Cinema

    Apple patents DVR functionality on portable devices

    By 15 January 2010

    The US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple that could shed light on what the company has planned for the next round of its portable music and video players. The patent covers the ability of a portable device to watch...