Apple-backed Rockstar consortium may sell off some of its patent portfolio

Apple-backed Rockstar consortium may sell off some of its patent portfolio

People familiar with the matter claim that members of the Rockstar Consortium are looking to sell some of the patents it acquired from bankrupt communications company Nortel. The group paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for this intellectual property.

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Apple files patent for smarter, interactive maps with customizable layers

Apple files patent for smarter, interactive maps with customizable layers

The USPTO recently published an Apple patent application titled “Interactive Map” that describes maps composed of multiple layers, each containing different information. These layers could be displayed based on factors like location, points of interest, current situation etc.

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Apple wins patent detailing “desk-free” wireless computer with built-in projector

Apple wins patent detailing “desk-free” wireless computer with built-in projector

Apple has today been awarded a patent that describes a wireless “desk-free” computer with an integrated projector aimed to be extremely portable, with its only component being a computer housing.

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Apple plans to use Geofencing to unlock and control vehicle functions

Apple plans to use Geofencing to unlock and control vehicle functions

A new Apple patent filing reveals Apple’s future ambitions for its iBeacon microlocation technology. The patent, titled “Accessory control with geo-fencing”, details a system that pairs a vehicle accessory with an iOS device, and sets up a geofence around it to unlock or control vehicle functions.

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Apple granted patent for 3D goggles

Apple granted patent for 3D goggles

The USPTO today granted Apple a patent that describes a head-mounted display that lets users watch videos and other forms of personal media while on the go.

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Apple wins patent for making curved touch screens

Apple wins patent for making curved touch screens

Apple was today granted a patent for manufacturing curved touch screens by the USPTO, corroborating earlier claims of the company experimenting with curved display iPhones.

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Apple files patent for “smart dock” with Siri capabilities

Apple files patent for “smart dock” with Siri capabilities

The USPTO, today, published an Apple patent application that describes a “Smart Dock” which can connect to an iPhone or an iPad, and activate Siri if you say certain keywords.

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Apple awarded facial recognition patent that could be used to unlock iPhone, hide messages and more

Apple awarded facial recognition patent that could be used to unlock iPhone, hide messages and more

Apple was today awarded a patent by the USPTO that describes a face detection and recognition system to control a personal computing device like an iPhone or a Mac.

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Apple wins patent for Lytro-like Light Field camera that lets you refocus image after shooting

Apple wins patent for Lytro-like Light Field camera that lets you refocus image after shooting

Apple was today awarded a patent for a Lytro-like Light Field camera that would let you refocus images after you’ve taken them with the help of a “refocusable imaging mode adaptor.”

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Apple wins court case against man who claims to have invented the smartphone

Apple wins court case against man who claims to have invented the smartphone

NetAirus Technologies is a company owned by 70 year old Richard L. Ditzik, an electrical engineer who patented the idea of a handheld device that can connect to the internet, make phone calls, and be used as a personal digital assistant. In other words, he patented the smartphone. Ditzik has been in court with Apple over this patent for quite a few number of years, but now, according to Bloomberg, the case is over, and Apple has won.

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