Apple Patents

VirnetX’s $368 million patent judgment tossed out in case against Apple

VirnetX’s $368 million patent judgment tossed out in case against Apple

Dating all the way back to November, 2012, Apple was hit with a $368.2 million judgment in their case against VirnetX, dealing with VPN and how Apple handled it for FaceTime and other areas. Now, almost two years later, that judgment has been tossed out.

Apple looking to improve Liquidmetal manufacturing for potential use in future iPhones and iPads

Apple looking to improve Liquidmetal manufacturing for potential use in future iPhones and iPads

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent filing that covers methods of melting and moulding Liquidmetal for manufacturing purposes. The patent filing details several different electronic devices that could use the amorphous material, including iPhones, iPads, iPods and TV and computer monitors. 

Apple granted patent for radial menus like Air Command on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Apple granted patent for radial menus like Air Command on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday published a series of 44 patents that have been freshly granted to Apple, including one for displaying a radial menu similar to one that Samsung designed for use on the Galaxy Note 3. We take a closer look at the patent and what this potentially means for Samsung ahead. 

Apple granted patent for iconic Fifth Avenue glass cube retail store

Apple granted patent for iconic Fifth Avenue glass cube retail store

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple with a patent for the iconic design of its Fifth Avenue glass cube retail store in New York, eight years since the award-winning store first opened its doors. Apple originally filed for the patent in October 2012, crediting late co-founder Steve Jobs and a half dozen others as inventors. 

Apple granted patent for iPhone with flexible display that provides tactile feedback

Apple granted patent for iPhone with flexible display that provides tactile feedback

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a patent for a mobile device, such as a smartphone, that has a flexible display with internal components that provide tactile feedback to the user. The internal components would be positioned below the flexible display, such as a speaker, microphone or pressure sensor. 

Apple patent filing provides closer look at reversible USB connector

Apple patent filing provides closer look at reversible USB connector

Following last week’s leaked photos of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector, which was subsequently shown off on video, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a second Apple patent filing related to reversible USB plugs. 

Apple granted major patent for multimode fingerprint reader

Apple granted major patent for multimode fingerprint reader

Earlier this afternoon, we reported that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a large portfolio of 48 patents covering a broad range of inventions. Following the curved touch panel patent, we now look at a major patent for an electronic device with a multimode fingerprint reader. 

Apple granted patent for curved touch panel that could be used for iWatch

Apple granted patent for curved touch panel that could be used for iWatch

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with 48 patents covering a broad range of inventions, including a curved touch panel that would likely be used for a wearable device like the oft-rumored iWatch or a similar fitness band.

Apple patent application suggests Touch ID could be headed to Macs

Apple patent application suggests Touch ID could be headed to Macs

With the release of the iPad Air 2 (and next-generation iPad mini with Retina display), one of the most common rumors is the inclusion of Touch ID. Now, a new patent could outline Apple’s broader plan for their secure feature.

Apple patent filing details mouse with force sensors and haptic feedback

Apple patent filing details mouse with force sensors and haptic feedback

The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent filing for a mouse with haptic feedback and at least one force sensor that measures the amount of force applied to the main button.