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Apple Patents Suggest a Multitouch Display is Coming to the Mouse

Apple Patents Suggest a Multitouch Display is Coming to the Mouse

While Apple may have already tried to revolutionize the current mouse we all know and love/hate, that doesn't mean the company has stopped trying to figure out new, and better ways to make the mouse even more ridiculous. What better way to go above and beyond the call of duty, then to include a multitouch display on the top of it? According to some new apple patent applications recently awarded, the Cupertino-based company may be doing just that.

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Apple sued over iPhone, MacBook multitouch patents

Apple sued over iPhone, MacBook multitouch patents

Apple is being sued by Elan Microelectronics, a Taiwanese chip designer, over alleged infringement of two touchscreen patents by its MacBook, iPhone and iPod touch ranges.  According to Elan, the contended IP covers technology used to recognize the position of a finger on a touchscreen or trackpad; they're now pushing for an injunction against the contentious products, which - if granted - would freeze much of Apple's range.

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Apple’s “Steve Jobs” multitouch patent may be invalid

Apple’s “Steve Jobs” multitouch patent may be invalid

Apple's '949 multi-touch patent, more commonly referred to as the "Steve Jobs patent," has been used in many patent lawsuits against various companies. Now it looks like karma may be taking a bite out of Apple, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office stating, tentatively, that it is not valid. As reported by FOSS Patents, the Patent and Trademark Office issued a first Office action, the second one in less than 8 weeks.

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Apple blasts Google for re-classing iPhone tech as “standard”

Apple blasts Google for re-classing iPhone tech as “standard”

Google is pushing a broadening of essential standards to encompass ubiquitous features like multitouch, much to the consternation of Apple, which insists its R&D is its own "magical" thinking and not for general use. In a letter to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Google argues that just as there are certain standards-essential technologies - such as those around 3G connectivity - that have become ubiquitous, so there are common functionality or interface elements that have become all but standardized thanks to the multiplicity of implementations. Unsurprisingly, AllThingsD reports, Apple is far from convinced, and sees Google's suggestion as an attempt to raid its own well-stuffed patent portfolio.

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HTC is happy about victory over Apple in UK

HTC is happy about victory over Apple in UK

Yesterday we mentioned that a UK court had ruled HTC wasn't infringing on a key Apple patent in the patent infringement row between the two companies. The UK court did uphold the Apple patent was valid, but found HTC didn't infringe on said patent. The High Court in London came to the ruling yesterday and deemed three other Apple patents invalid covering slide to unlock, multitouch, and a multilingual keyboard.

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Apple loses Motorola patent strike in preliminary ruling

Apple loses Motorola patent strike in preliminary ruling

Apple's patent violation claims against Motorola Mobility have been rejected in a preliminary ruling, with the US ITC suggesting that none of the infringements alleged by the Cupertino company hold water. Although still relatively early in the process - with a final decision yet to be settled upon by the US International Trade Commission - the preliminary ITC ruling [pdf link] indicates that Motorola hasn't overstepped the mark with regards to three patented technologies Apple claims have been infringed by the DROID line of devices.

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