The U.S. International Trade Commission has just ruled that Apple infringes on Samsung’s patent Patent No. 7,706,348, titled “Apparatus and method for encoding/decoding transport format combination indicator in CDMA mobile communication system.”
Another week, another Apple patent. This one is called “embedded force measurement“. Here’s how it works: When you push down a certain area of your screen with enough force, a substrate placed under the display caves in to let you “feel” your press. So is this practical?
You know how the screen on your iPhone turns off when you put it up to your head to take a phone call? Well, that same technology could potentially come to speakers. According to AppleInsider, a new patent reveals that the Cupertino company is interested in “adjustment of acoustic properties based on proximity detection”. In other words, if you’re closer to a speaker, it doesn’t have to be on full blast. But if you’re far away from your iPhone, like you left it charging in another room, then the speaker can get absurdly loud.
Last week, we told you that Apple’s adding Samsung’s latest Android flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, in its second patent lawsuit against the Korean company. Today, more details about the suit emerged as Apple filed a formal motion to add Samsung’s Galaxy S4 in the list of infringing devices.
Now that Samsung has launched its new flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S4, Apple not surprisingly wants to also add it to the second patent case against the Korean company, reports FOSS Patents.
The report notes that Apple has submitted a statement in response to Judge Koh’s April 24th order to limit the patent claims to five per side and the infringing products to ten per side. The filing reveals that it wants to include Galaxy S4 to the list of infringing products.
Apple versus Samsung, Microsoft versus Google, Dog versus Cat, these are the fights of our generation, at least that’s what the headlines would have you believing. You’ve probably heard about more court cases and patent feuds than you can shake a stick at, but at the end of the day, do they honestly have any impact?
One of the reasons, Google bought Motorola for $12.4 billion was for its patent portfolio. However, it looks like things haven’t worked out for Google as they had planned, as the U.S. International Trade Commission upheld a judge’s finding, which invalidated Motorola’s sensor patent.
It has been widely speculated that Apple will launch the next generation iPhone in July or August instead of launching it in September like last year.