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Apple Thunderbolt iOS related patents spotted

Apple Thunderbolt iOS related patents spotted

It may well be time to get a whole lot faster with image and data transfers on your mobile devices if you're an Apple fan, folks, as several patent applications have been picked up today very possibly leading toward further involvement of the Intel Thunderbolt technology with Apple's iOS products. Though its still generally a toss-up when it comes to who owns what in the Thunderbolt-branded world, it's fairly clear that Apple's Patent Pending invention here, including high speed connector inserts and cables complete with high strength and improved heat conduction will lead to the iOS world.

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Apple files for iOS face detection patent

Apple files for iOS face detection patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office has just published a patent application today from Apple that reveals the company's plans for implementing face recognition and presence detection technology. Apple intends to implement the technology in iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as in its MacBook laptop computers.

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Google’s Andy Rubin optimistic about Apple’s ITC win against HTC

Google’s Andy Rubin optimistic about Apple’s ITC win against HTC

Google's Android chief Andy Rubin is optimistic about the recent ITC ruling that found Android partner HTC in violation of two claims on one of Apple's patents. Rubin believes that the ruling marks the beginning of patent settlements that will lead to a "quick path to settling" the patent disputes currently being lodged against Android.

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ITC initial ruling finds Motorola infringing on Microsoft patent

ITC initial ruling finds Motorola infringing on Microsoft patent

The US International Trade Commission has issued its initial ruling favoring Microsoft in the patent feud with Motorola. The initial determination finds that Motorola's Android products are infringing four claims of a Microsoft patent. However, a final review and ruling is still required to pass through the full Commission.

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ITC rules in favor of Apple, bans HTC devices in US

ITC rules in favor of Apple, bans HTC devices in US

The US International Trade Commission has just ruled in favor of Apple's patent claims against HTC, banning some HTC devices from sale and importation to the US. The decision comes after ITC found that HTC violated two claims on one of Apple's patents. This final patent infringement ruling will not take effect until April 19, 2012.

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Apple made to specify design alternatives for Samsung

Apple made to specify design alternatives for Samsung

Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in a worldwide legal battle for months regarding the South Korean manufacturer's smartphones and tablets infringing on the Cupertino company's designs and patents. Documents have surfaced today revealing that in seeking to ban Samsung's devices, Apple had to provide design workarounds to clarify exactly what sorts of designs would not be considered infringing. The list of alternatives is quite humorous.

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Apple patent reveals device data sharing via camera-based handshakes and invisible inks

Apple patent reveals device data sharing via camera-based handshakes and invisible inks

A new patent application from Apple released today reveals the company's recent foray into new methods for establishing communication between devices close to each other for the purposes of sharing data. In its application, Apple proposes the use of next generation camera systems and identifying marks such as barcodes and possibly even invisible ink to allow recognition and verification between devices. If you're trying to see which company is pushing the boundaries between device-based data sharing, Apple certainly makes a compelling statement with this patent filed today.

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Apple patent reveals airbags as possible iPhone glass protection

Apple patent reveals airbags as possible iPhone glass protection

An Apple patent application has surfaced, revealing one of the ideas the company has in mind for creating crack-resistant glass screens for its iPhones and other portable devices. The invention involves the use of a tunable shock mount which acts like an airbag between the glass screen and the body of the device.

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Apple wins patent for Slide to Unlock iOS gesture

Apple wins patent for Slide to Unlock iOS gesture

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has just granted Apple a new patent today for its "Slide to Unlock" iOS gesture. The patent application was filed more than a year before the very first iPhone and refers to the unlocking gesture in broad terms as when "contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device."

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Kodak licenses projector patents to IMAX to stay afloat

Kodak licenses projector patents to IMAX to stay afloat

Eastman Kodak has not handled the transition to digital photography as gracefully as its competitors, but when your company's over a century old, staying nimble isn't as easy as it used to be. Of course, a company with that much history has an overabundance of intellectual property, and that fact might help Kodak stay relevant in a market that has been outpacing it for several years. Kodak has announced a deal with IMAX to license its laser projection patents to the movie company, allowing it to more effectively project digital films on its gigantic screens.

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HTC loses to Apple in ITC patent infringement complaint

HTC loses to Apple in ITC patent infringement complaint

The International Trade Commission (ITC) in the US has ruled in favor of Apple in HTC's original patent infringement complaint against the Cupertino company. Judge Charles Bullock issued the ruling today, stating that Apple did not violate any of the four patents in question. The complaint was filed back in 2010 and the patents involved basic functions like phone dialing and power management.

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T-Mobile supports Samsung in Apple patent battle

T-Mobile supports Samsung in Apple patent battle

T-Mobile has filed with the federal courts to oppose Apple's request for a preliminary US injunction on Samsung's Galaxy products. The move is similar to what Verizon did last week, when it, too, sided with Samsung and filed with the courts to oppose the injunction request, citing possible negative effects to its 4G LTE network deployment.

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