Tag Archives: Patent

Apple conceals camera and flash in new patent

Another desire of Apple has been revealed in a patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent describes Apple’s strategy to conceal a FaceTime camera and flash behind the ear speaker grill. Apple explains that the patent mainly serves an aesthetic purpose. The patent states, “Flash structures that are mounted poorly may detract from…

Sales bans are not the answer to patent disputes [Editorial]

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh (San Jose, California) ruled that Apple had not provided sufficient evidence to prove that consumer demand was driven by patented features to the point where an injunction against Samsung devices infringing Apple patents was justified. Apple and Samsung have been locked in a patent war for over three years, and Apple…

Apple magnet patent could revolutionize iPad capabilities

An Apple patent published today has shown how in the future, an intelligent magnet attachment system could allow iPads to connect with a whole host of devices, even other iPads. The patent is very similar to the technology currently used in Apple’s Smart Covers/Cases for iPad. The technology basically uses keyed magnets to allow accessories to be…

Apple wins pre-trial ruling against Samsung over keyboard autocomplete

A new case ruling has emerged in yet another legal battle between Samsung and Apple, and Apple has come out on top yet again. Judge Koh, the same one that has been residing over many cases between the South Korean and California based companies, has ruled that Samsung did in fact infringe upon an Apple patent in regards to autocompletion for keyboards. Not…

Apple and Samsung resume patent settlement talks

It has emerged today that Apple and Samsung may have resumed talks over a settlement of its patent dispute, according to The Korea Times. A source told the paper that Apple and Samsung had engaged in “working level discussion” about a deal, also adding that the two are trying to find middle ground over royalty payments. According to the…

Apple to pay $3.3 million for Click Wheel patent infringement

While Apple’s famous Click Wheel may have passed its prime, the company is just now being forced to pay for a patent infringement lawsuit in Japan. The Click Wheel, which revolutionized screen navigation on iPods (back before touchscreens were common in mobile technology), was apparently already patented in Japan by Japanese inventor Norihiko Saito, who…