07/03/2013, Boston University has sued Apple for violating a patent that was awarded to one of its professors back in 1997. A favorable verdict for the university might mean Apple would have to pay as much as $75 million in damages.
06/25/2013, Apple has been granted a new patent in which it lists a dual-sided trackpad for future MacBooks. The patent says that this technology can be implemented in other form factors as well, such as smartphones and desktops.
06/04/2013, A new patent awarded to Apple yesterday hints at the possibility of future Apple devices supporting near-field communication or NFC.
05/30/2013, A recent Apple patent application hints at the possibility of Smart Stay like feature in future iOS devices.
05/22/2013, Apple has now claimed that Samsung Galaxy S4 infringes on five of its patents. The company wants this device to be added to the list of Samsung devices that are claimed to infringe Apple's patents.
05/09/2013, Samsung was granted 20 new design patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office, these patents were related to designs for smartphones that might see the light of day in the future. One of the designs mentioned in these patents points to a smartphone with a slightly curved design which would give way for a curved display. The patent provides an interesting look in to designs that are yet to […]
05/02/2013, Apple has filed a couple of patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office related to the new battery designs it is working on. The designs aren’t exactly conventional, Apple’s patents describe “Curved battery cells for portable electronic devices” and “non-rectangular batteries for portable electronic devices.” These patents detail the various methods which can be used to design curved batteries that can be fit in to devices which have non-rectangular […]
04/07/2013, In a preliminary decision, a judge of the International Trade Commission said that Samsung is infringing a very crucial part of a patent held by Apple, by adding text-selection feature in its devices which include both tablets and smartphones. This could mean trouble for the Korean manufacturer, because if the ruling is upheld, Samsung could be barred from importing devices in to the U.S. Apple says that the Galaxy, Nexus, Transform […]
04/04/2013, Apple has filed for a new patent today. The technology described in the patent is interesting to say the least, and it could make for a very good feature in any future iOS firmware update. Basically the idea is to allow quick access to selected apps straight from the lockscreen. Android already allows users such liberty through lockscreen widgets, this could very well be Apple’s answer. Rotating the slide to unlock […]
04/04/2013, The Federal Patent Court of Germany has invalidated all claims of Apple’s slide to unlock patent, and rules that none of the 14 amendments that Apple has suggested for salvaging the patent are valid. A bench of five judges, headed by Judge Vivian Sredl, made this ruling after a full day hearing. At least two of the judges on the bench are reported to have engineering backgrounds. It doesn’t end here […]
02/17/2013, President Obama lashed at the Patent Trolls during his Google+ Hangout and said that his administration’s attempts at patent reforms had only gone about half way of where they should have been. In response to an entrepreneur, who raised concerns about her friends being afraid of starting new businesses because of patent trolls, President Obama said “They don’t actually produce anything themselves. They are essentially trying to leverage and hijack […]
02/14/2013, Folks who wander around the US Patent Office (USPTO) website have discovered a patent application from Apple that describes a technique used to avoid having blurry photos. Named “Image capturing device having continuous image capture”, the idea is to have the camera capture frames at all times, and when the user presses the shutter button, the camera has not only the frame that was intended for capture, but also many […]
02/14/2013, Blackberry in a bid to redesign their phones has applied for a 180-degree hinge patent. The patent comes at a time when flip phone form factor has taken a back seat with designers. Blackberry has been known to experiment with their smartphone designs, and have come up with phones like the Storm, which came with a touchscreen or the Torch, which has a sliding keypad. The hinge patent is pointing […]
11/08/2012, Apple’s A6 processor, as noted in our iPhone 5 review, is already proven to be two times faster than its predecessor, thanks to its dual-core processor. But as the clock speed is increased, processors tend to get hotter due to the intense oscillation within the SoC. Apple’s next-generation iPhone could be outfitted with internal fans. A recent patent entitled “Cooling System for Mobile Electronic Devices” has just been filed by […]