Patents

Wearable accessory patent application reveals some Apple iWatch-style thinking

Given the growing number of iWatch rumors, it's no wonder this just-released Apple patent application is getting a lot of attention today. Here's what the USPTO document, attributed to Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Derek W. Wright, and Scott A. Myers, tells us in abstract:

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Apple acquires eighteen user interface patents from Maya-Systems

Apple has acquired eighteen user interface patents from Canadian company Maya-Systems. The patents are all related to its axis-based interface where documents and files can be stored and grouped in the cloud. A searchable timeline can then be created based on a files tags or attributes; it all sounds very similar to an Evernote type of system for notes and storage.

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Apple's request for import ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus rejected

Apple failed in its effort to get an import ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. A U.S. appeals court rejected Apple’s request after revisiting an October decision by the same court. Apple had been hoping that the new panel of judges would overturn the earlier ruling.

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Samsung facing EU complaint, Apple patent rejected

Samsung is facing an antitrust complaint in the EU regarding FRAND patents, and Apple had a patent rejected by the US Patent Office. Yeah, it's going to be one of those...

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US Patent office invalidates previous validation of Apple multitouch patent, unless and until they validate it again

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which often seems content to grant patents willy-nilly and let companies fight out their validity in court, has just ruled that Apple's massive multi-touch patent is invalid. At least for now. They approved it before and may approve it again. But they're invalidating their previous validation unless and until they validate it again. Yeah, it gives me a headache as well.

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Apple/HTC cross licensing deal details revealed with scads of redactions

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Part of agreement between Apple and HTC to become public

A judge in California has ruled that major details surrounding the Apple-HTC settlement will be publicly available. The pricing and royalty rates will remain confidential, but the patents that were part of the settlement will be open to the public. Previously, Samsung’s lawyers were given access to the list of patents in this settlement as part of their preparations for a hearing that will determine the final details of Apple’s legal victory over Samsung in August. Apple had sought to keep the list of patents confidential, but Judge Lucy Koh saw no compelling reason to keep these details from the public.

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Samsung to get a look at Apple's settlement with HTC

Samsung will be able to look at the settlement between Apple and HTC. Samsung will reportedly use the content of the settlement to determine if they need to halt sales of any of their products after their billion-dollar loss to Apple in a US court in August. Apple had previously sought to keep the specific dollar amount of its settlement with HTC private while providing the rest of the settlement terms for Samsung to view, though Samsung didn’t find this sufficient.

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HTC statement about Apple royalties confirms the money is irrelevant

When HTC settled its patent lawsuit with Apple by agreeing to some set of undisclosed terms, analysts did their job, which is to estimate what this means to the stock.

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Apple grows war chest, takes ownership of 1,024 Nortel patents

Apple has reportedly received a transfer of 1,024 patents or patent applications from Rockstar Consortium, formerly Rockstar Bidco, a group of technology companies that bid on thousands of patents that had previously held by Nortel. Apple had been part of Rockstar Bidco, which bid against Google for the patents, and had access to the patents through that consortium. The transfer of patents to Apple’s ownership, however, could better position them in ongoing litigation. Owen Thomas of Business Insider reports:

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