Tag Archives: Patents

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…

Apple files patent to resolve cellular dead spots

Dead spots are a nuisance that most people have experienced with their cellphones. Whether it’s a blip that causes a dropped call, or a large zone of sustained agony, the experience is always less than ideal. It looks like Apple may offer a solution to that problem in a future release of iOS with their latest patent, which offers a way for carriers to…

Apple refused Touch ID trademark by USPTO

The US Patent & Trademark Office has refused Apple’s trademark application for “Touch ID”, reports Patently Apple. The decision, which was made in May but has only now been made public, is because another company owns a trademark for “Kronos Touch ID” and the likelihood of confusion given the similarity in naming and technology involved. From the…