Apple Patents

Apple’s preemptive effort against VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit falls flat as judge denies motions

Apple’s preemptive effort against VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit falls flat as judge denies motions

In 2011, VirnetX sued Apple with allegations that FaceTime violated the former company’s communications patents. Ultimately, in 2012, the judge ruled that Apple would pay $368.2 million for infringing on the specific patents. Apple is now preparing to defend itself yet again against the same company, and the Cupertino-based company has just received a series of setbacks even before the trial begins.

Apple’s predictive text input patent rejected in part by USPTO, Samsung may reap benefits

Apple’s predictive text input patent rejected in part by USPTO, Samsung may reap benefits

Apple’s $119.6 million win against Samsung earlier in 2014 is up in question again, as Samsung has informed District Court Judge Lucy Koh of certain elements of Apple’s patent used against them as being rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

iPhones could hide camera and flash in earpiece grille in future models

iPhones could hide camera and flash in earpiece grille in future models

Patent applications may not be a guaranteed way to find out what’s coming from a company anytime soon, but they can give pretty big hints at what is at least possible. In a new patent application, we could be seeing Apple moving one step closer to a notification light for iPhones.

‘Siri for Mac’ desktop digital assistant revealed in patent application

‘Siri for Mac’ desktop digital assistant revealed in patent application

As Apple continues to bridge the gap between their desktop platform, OS X, and their mobile operating system, iOS, it seems like a matter of time before more features bleed over between the two. In a new patent application published on Thursday, Apple apparently has plans to bring their digital personal assistant, Siri, over to the Mac in the future.

Apple granted patent for smart navigation system based on crowd-sourced stop light data

Apple granted patent for smart navigation system based on crowd-sourced stop light data

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a patent pertaining to a smart navigation system based on crowd-sourced traffic information, including when and how long motorists are at stop signs or stop lights. The information could then be used to predict delays attributable to the stop signs or lights and determine faster routes and departure time suggestions. 

Apple patent application outlines automatically switching iOS ‘Do Not Disturb’ on or off based on activity level

Apple patent application outlines automatically switching iOS ‘Do Not Disturb’ on or off based on activity level

Apple, like many other companies, has quite a few patent applications out there, many of which can be used to take a look at what may be coming down the pipe for the company in future products. This particular application outlines iOS in a future where physical activity is a big focus.

Apple patent filing hints at improved Touch ID on future iPhones, iPads

Apple patent filing hints at improved Touch ID on future iPhones, iPads

It has been rumored over the past several months that Apple will make improvements to the Touch ID fingerprint scanner found on the iPhone 5s, in addition to expanding the security feature to a wider range of iOS devices. A new Apple patent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appears to corroborate those claims. 

Apple patent filing reveals its continued interest in AMOLED displays

Apple patent filing reveals its continued interest in AMOLED displays

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for OLED displays with “variable optical path length,” confirming the iPhone maker’s continued interest in the next-generation display technology. Apple has at least three other OLED-related inventions credited to its name through the USPTO. 

Apple granted comprehensive iWatch patent

Apple granted comprehensive iWatch patent

In what amounts to one of the more telling signs that Apple could be working on the so-called “iWatch” smartwatch, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with an exhaustive patent for an electronic wristwatch and various possible implementations of the device.

Apple files for user behavior patent, suggesting future iPhones could have improved anti-theft measures

Apple files for user behavior patent, suggesting future iPhones could have improved anti-theft measures

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a new patent filing on Thursday for an Apple invention that relates to notifications being generated based on changes in user behavior. It is possible that Apple could use this technology in a future iPhone so that the smartphone can recognize when it is being used differently and respond accordingly.