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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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‘Crybaby’ Google accuses Microsoft of extortion

‘Crybaby’ Google accuses Microsoft of extortion

Microsoft and Samsung announced today a new cross-licensing deal for greater collaboration on Windows Phone 7 devices, but the deal will also require Samsung to pay royalties to Microsoft for every Android device it sells. Following the announcement, Google chimed in with a statement sent to TechCrunch, accusing Microsoft's patent-wielding tactics against Android and its partners extortion.

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Samsung seeks iPhone, iPad ban in The Netherlands

Samsung seeks iPhone, iPad ban in The Netherlands

Samsung has filed four new patent infringement lawsuits against Apple in The Netherlands seeking to ban the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and both the first and second generation iPads. The devices are allegedly infringing on four of Samsung's 3G wireless technology patents with each one represented by its own separate lawsuit.

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Apple sued by VIA over A4, A5 processor patents

Apple sued by VIA over A4, A5 processor patents

Apple has been sued by Taiwanese chipmaker VIA Technologies for allegedly infringing on patents related to the microprocessors used in its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The complaint was filed through a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware yesterday and involves three US patents.

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Obama signs patent reform bill into law

Obama signs patent reform bill into law

Obama has just signed into law the controversial patent reform bill called the America Invents Act. The purpose of the bill is to streamline the patent filing process by placing priority on first-to-file rather than first-to-invent and introduces a fast-track system as well as a new ways to avoid patent validity litigation.

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Samsung accuses Apple of patent infringement in Australia

Samsung accuses Apple of patent infringement in Australia

The legal battle continues between Samsung and Apple with new shots fired in Australia, where Samsung has had to delay Galaxy Tab 10.1 shipments as a result of patent infringement claims brought on by Apple. Samsung was given until today, September 16, to respond, and they've decided to fire back with claims of their own.

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Apple patents 3D display with holographic images and Kinect-like gesturing

Apple patents 3D display with holographic images and Kinect-like gesturing

Apple has just been granted 13 new patents today by the USPTO, with one of them involving an advanced 3D display and imaging system. This particular patent involves holographic images and Kinect-like gesturing in a 3D space that makes the recent iPhone 5 concept with the holographic keyboard seem not too far off.

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