Tag Archives: Patents

Apple now has patents for iPhone-based car key, temporary keys

In today’s world, unlocking a car with an iPhone or Apple Watch is nothing spectacular. However, today Apple has been granted a patent that could allow owners to create limited, temporary ‘keys’ for others. The patent says the owner of the car will have the primary key, which would allow full access to the car, which includes unlocking it, starting the…

Design patents granted for Apple’s new-style Chinese Store

Today Apple was granted a design patent what is known as the ‘Glass Lantern’ store, which was opened in Istanbul, Turkey back in 2014. As seen above, the store has a glass rectangle on top, followed by a single pane of glass on each side, with a water feature covering the rest of the store’s roof. Another patent was granted for the Apple Store in…

Apple gets some US sales bans on some Samsung phone features

It looks like Apple has finally managed to get a sales ban on some of Samsung’s phone features that infringe on Apple’s patents. However, this is effectively useless though it’s a small victory for Apple as they continue to fight Samsung in court. Apple’s ban goes over three patents: the controversial ‘slide to unlock’ patent, autocorrect and…

New Apple patents detail 3D-capturing stylus with haptic feedback

If you thought that Apple’s “magical” description of technology was exaggerated, one of Apple’s latest patents may convert you. In a recently published patent that was filed in 2014, Apple has described a stylus capable of much more than drawing on a touchscreen. Haptic feedback There have always been two major disconnects when drawing with a stylus…

Apple patent joins touch input with solar cells

Revealed by Patently Apple, an early 2014 patent from Apple describes how solar cells could be placed alongside touch sensors in wireless devices to gather natural and artificial light for energy storage. The patent presents a case for the idea by talking about a wireless device with disposable batteries: Disposable and rechargeable batteries are…

Apple ordered to pay $533 million in patent trial

Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million in damages after a federal jury found that the company’s iTunes software was found to infringe upon patents held by Texas-based Smartflash LLC, reports Bloomberg. The patents in question were said to have been used without permission by third-party apps available through Apple’s App Store. Smartflash was…

Apple suing Ericsson over LTE patents

Apple is suing Ericsson after failing to reach an agreement regarding the pricing of LTE wireless-technology patents used by iPhone and iPad make and owned by Ericsson, reports Reuters. Apple is alleging that the Swedish company is demanding excessive royalties and has asked a federal court in California to rule that Ericsson’s patents aren’t…