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Apple refuses to join Intellectual Ventures' new patent acquisition fund

Intellectual Ventures is a patent holding company that's often referenced as an example of widescale and aggressive patent trolling. Co-founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, Intellectual Ventures likes to spin its business model as creating a net benefit for the tech industry, a...

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Apple wants Samsung to pay $40 per accused device, court documents reveal

In just a few weeks, Apple and Samsung will begin their second large-scale patent infringement battle in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The trial comes just weeks after top executives from each respective company were unable to reach an amicable settlement agreement...

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New Apple patent hints the company may be entering the restaurant-reservation market

Thanks to Siri, Apple can quickly help you find movie times and buy tickets, make an appointment on your calendar and sometimes rickroll you. At this point, Siri can even help you make a reservation at a restaurant, although that's through integration with OpenTable. (Try asking Siri "Make...

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Apple patents 'smart dock' that auto-activates for voice recognition

A new patent by Apple suggests that Siri may be headed for the home. The filing, titled "Smart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device," details an advanced base station that would host a device like the iPhone or iPad, and could automatically activate the...

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Damages retrial in Apple/Samsung case kicks off today

A jury trial to determine just how much Samsung owes Apple for patent infringement commenced today in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, Calif. Recall that a jury initially awarded Apple US$1.05 billion in damages back in August of 2012 after finding that an...

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Apple considered buying BlackBerry's IP and patents

Apple has expressed interest in buying a selection of BlackBerry's intellectual property (IP) and other patents, reports Reuters. While Apple wasn't the only entity to express interest in BlackBerry's assets (Microsoft and other tech giants reportedly were also interested), it certainly would be...

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Apple patent suggests devices could protect themselves from falling damage

Your iPhone probably wasn't cheap, and if you're relying on a budget case (or, worse yet, nothing at all) to protect your investment, there's a good chance a long fall will do some serious damage. But what if your device was smart enough to protect itself from damage in the event that you knock it...

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iPhone keynote video used to invalidate patent in Germany

The Federal Patent Court of Germany has determined that Apple's patent for a "Portable electronic device for photo management" is invalid due to the fact that Steve Jobs himself showed off the feature months before the patent was filed. The portion of the patent that has become an issue has to...

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Apple FaceTime fix may not be working out for some unhappy users

It seemed minor at the time, but last year's loss by Apple of a patent suit from VirnetX may have cascaded into some serious problems for the FaceTime service. Apple could have faced continuing royalty payments in the millions of dollars per month to license the VirnetX patents. In a workaround,...

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Apple is now the undisputed No. 1 victim of all patent trolling

When you're one of the world's most valuable companies, it's not hard to find people hoping to lift a few bucks from your coffers by whatever means they can. And when it comes to patent trolling, the top target of patent trolls is none other than Apple, according to international law firm Winston...

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Apple patents stealthy hinge technology, dreams up possible uses

Everyone loves mysterious patents, and Apple's newly acquired rights to "Interlocking Flexible Segments Formed From A Rigid Material" is most certainly strange enough to qualify. As the patent's summary puts it, "The method includes providing a substantially rigid material, such as, but not...

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Samsung infringed two Apple patents, says US ITC

As mentioned earlier, it's a triple witching day for Apple's legal and intellectual property teams, with multiple decisions expected. The US ITC ruling on Apple's patent case against Samsung, where Apple had claimed infringement of multiple patents, has arrived: the commission found that the...

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Today is a big day of legal wrangling for Apple

The LA Times has a good breakdown of what's happening today. Today, Apple has three coincidental rulings set to happen. The first is with the ITC, the same group who handed Apple a loss to Samsung, which was then vetoed by the president (something that hasn't happened in decades). In this case,...

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USPTO issues another rejection to Apple's pinch to zoom patent

Apple's had another 'pinch' from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over its pinch-to-zoom feature. According to Foss Patents, The Patent Office has rejected all claims Apple made on behalf of its pinch-to zoom-API patent. Samsung, which has been pressing that the patent be thrown out, says it...

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Apple awarded dual-sensor patent, could translate to better mobile photos

Today, Apple was awarded a patent for a dual-sensor imaging system that could find its way into new iterations of the iPhone, iPod or even MacBook sometime down the road. As AppleInsider reports, the patent, titled "Dual image sensor image processing system and method," details a system consisting...

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