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 […]
11/03/2011, Somewhere deep in the US Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO), there is a filing about a nano-computer designed by NVIDIA. From their description, the computer would roughly be as big as a USB key (40-60 x 10-12 x 5-10mm), but yet powerful enough to be the equivalent of a high-end smartphone.
09/15/2011, The black box of the plane is probably the most crucial piece of equipment should the plane crash. It basically contains all the information and logs about the plane and its equipment right up until the crash, so that when forensics attempt to find out what went wrong, and when it went wrong, they can just refer to the black box. A patent recently published by the USPTO shows that […]
09/15/2011, In our current situation of patent wars happening left and right, naturally the more patents you have under your name, the more well protected you will be, not to mention you’ll probably have more “weapons” to use against your competitors should a patent dispute arise. Looking to protect their Android mobile platform from future patent lawsuits, Google has just bought a little over 1,000 patents from IBM.
02/17/2011, There is a spanking new Apple patent filing that was published by the USPTO, which could potentially lead to a significantly longer battery life in future Apple products – just when you thought that the iPad’s battery life was already the bomb. Well, we could certainly make do with superior battery life in iPhones and MacBooks as well, alongside other hardware which come with lithium-ion or lithium-ion packs. Using a […]
01/11/2011, The US Patent and Trademark Office recently published a bunch of ten newly granted patents that are in favor of Steve Job’s Apple Inc., where the most notable one would be Apple’s first solar powered portable device patent. Don’t get all your panties up in a bunch just yet – you won’t be seeing any solar-powered iPhones anytime soon, but who are we to say that such a handset will […]
12/20/2010, Disney has filed for a patent for cakes that would utilize pico projectors to create a highly individualized and personalized treat. The projectors would be used in a way to project an image to create a story or interactive experience on the surface of the cake. The image can sense when the cake is sliced, and switch to a different video effect. There’s no telling when the novelty cakes will […]
12/12/2010, We haven’t heard much about the Motorola CLIQ 2 in a while and the rumored November 1st launch date has come and gone without any news regarding this phone from T-Mobile or Motorola. That being said, it doesn’t mean that the phone is done and dusted just yet, as the “CLIQ 2″ name was just published for opposition at the USPTO, the final step before the trademark is officially issued. […]
11/30/2010, HTC fans out there might want to take note that the company recently put in a Trademark application at the USPTO for the names of the “HTC 7 Melody” and “HTC Freestyle”. The “7″ in the name obviously indicates that the device is powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system, though there isn’t any mention of what the HTC Freestyle will be running on. Specific details on the phones […]
11/23/2010, We’ve heard many reports of sites getting into trouble for sounding like Facebook in the past, and things might get interesting in the future as reports are in that Facebook has been granted a Notice of Allowance to trademark the word “Face”. The trademark covers usages in “Telecommunication services, namely, providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general […]
08/17/2010, The folks over at Apple should be pretty happy to hear that Apple has been granted design patents for its “slide to unlock” and “letter pop-out” animation when using the virtual keyboard on the iPhone. When Apple first debuted those two features when the iPhone was announced back in 2007 it instantly caught on, and many imitators begun to spring up with similar designs, but with these patents, they will […]
07/26/2010, The folks over at Motorola have filed a rather interesting trademark application for a “Family Room” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The trademark is described as a cellular phone software that allows users to share digital content, which will include calendars, chat rooms, photo albums, and shared music platforms. It isn’t entirely clear how Motorola might be offering such a feature just yet, but folks are […]
07/08/2010, It seems that almost anything can be patented nowadays, and a patent application by Microsoft has surfaced, showing the details of a page curl feature that is very noticeably used on Apple’s iBooks app. The patent could probably have been meant for Microsoft’s shelved Courier project, but if the software giant were to be granted this patent, it could possibly mean that it could potentially grab a slice of Apple’s iBook […]
05/14/2010, While you might not hear that much news on the patents that RIM files, you can be sure that the company is busy churning out new ideas too and its latest patent filing with the USPTO describes a “multi-tap keyboard user interface”. The system would be a great boon to the visually impaired, as it offers an auditory feedback system, allowing users to invoke applications by hitting a specific set […]