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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Motorola Versus Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 06:00 AM

http://theappleblog.com/2010/10/06/...+(TheAppleBlog)

"Today, Motorola filed suit regarding three complaints against Apple over patent infringements. The complaints deal with antenna design and other associated smartphone technologies covered in 18 patents held by Motorola. According to Kirk Daily (via CNNMoney), Motorola Mobility's corporate VP of intellecual property, legal action was a last resort taken after licensing negotiations with Apple broke down."

This after losing a patent battle that has the potential to cost Apple $625 million USD in legal fines as well as the suit and counter-suit fight with Nokia. So it hasn't been the best week from a legal standpoint but they should be used to it, the being sued part not the losing. At least they aren't alone in the courtroom, as Microsoft is now suing Motorola. They fight hard in the smartphone world don't they?


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Apple Patent Suggests Noise Canceling Mic in iPhone Headphone Jack

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:30 AM

http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-want...udio-jack/56777

"But Cupertino doesn't want to stop there: a new patent filing, Apple is now exploring ways to combine the headphone jack with the microphone on their iPhone and iPod Touch."

I'm not one to read Apple's patent filings as the future of Apple products, but I'm pretty sure this will actually end up being used in future versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch. It just makes sense. Apple embraces minimalism in design, and having the noise canceling microphone built into the headphone jack makes for a cleaner design. It also gives one less point of entry for dust and moisture. I doubt we'll see this at the September event, only because it makes no sense to put a feature like this on the iPod Touch before it goes into the next iPhone.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Getting Rid of the Wires With This Patent Application From Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...ientations.html

"Future portable devices from Apple, such as iPhones and iPads, could be docked in both horizontal and landscape positions, via an inductive connection on the back side of the device for charging and syncing."

I especially like the smiley face on the product, wonder if that helps get the patent process done quicker? Sorry, got off on a tangent there, I like this idea, reminds me of the wireless charging options currently out there such as Powerpad, but without the obligatory clunky case that is required. I'm all for something like this, and it appears to lend credence to wireless syncing stories that have been popping up recently.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Apple Sued by MicroUnity

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...violations.html

"Apple and a number of other major mobile device makers and service providers are the targets of a massive lawsuit over mobile processors from a company that has alleged the infringement of 14 separate patents."

One of 22 companies that is named in the suit, along with AT&T since they sell the iPhone. This was filed last week in US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas due to the history of favorable outcomes on the side of the companies pursuing these types of lawsuits. They seem to have thrown a wide blanket trying to cover as many smartphones as possible since they also included Motorola Droid, Palm Pre, Nexus One and the Nokia N900.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Speaking of Patents...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.macnn.com/articles/10/03...by.macbook.air/

"Apple has this week won the rights to three patents, all covering the construction of unibody MacBooks. Two of these document the MacBook Air, which was the first Apple notebook to use a combination frame and casing made out of a single block of aluminum. Aside from external design, the other patent covers the Air's multi-touch glass trackpad, which has also since spread to other Apple portables. Its origins can be traced back to the iPhone."

The last of the patents awarded was for the MacBook Pro, shown above. I think it is about time for a revamp of this line don't you?


Apple Sues HTC

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

http://theappleblog.com/2010/03/02/...+(TheAppleBlog)

"While Tuesdays are known for Apple product launches, today the company announced not a new Mac but a lawsuit over patent infringement related to the iPhone. The target was mobile phone maker HTC, and none other than Steve Jobs was making the accusations."

According to Steve Jobs, "We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours." Lately it has been Apple on the receiving end, such as when Nokia sued Apple in December, so this time it is kind of interesting that Apple is tossing down the gauntlet. The phones involved or named in the suit include Google's Nexus One, the T-Mobile G1, the Droid Eris, the Touch Diamond, the Touch Pro2, and the Imagio. Apple obviously considers this a serious enough breach to warrant a lawsuit. You can see more details specific to the lawsuit at cnet. Or if you want to see what Jason and the gang think head on over to our sister site, Windows Phone Thoughts


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Nokia v. Apple or Apple v. Nokia?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.macworld.com/article/145...products_iphone

"Apple announced on Friday that it is countersuing Nokia in yet another ongoing patent dispute. As you may recall, Nokia first sued Apple in Delaware District Court back in October, laying claims that the iPhone violated ten different patents owned by the Finnish cell phone company. These patents cover technologies that are at the basis of a cell phone's functions, such as the various interfaces required to connect to a GSM network, transmit data, and encode voice information."

Image Credit: appletell

And now Apple has fired back, counter-suing with 13 patents they allege were infringed upon by Nokia. No list available on exactly which patents, but Apple's General Counsel Bruce Sewell did say this: "Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours." What say you Nokia?


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Apple Sued for Ebooks on iPhone

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...ook_reader.html

"In a 7-page complaint filed with a Virginia district court Monday, Berne, Switzerland-based MONEC Holding Ltd accuses the iPhone maker of patent infringement, unfair trade practices, monopolization, and tortious interference for allegedly treading on its January 2002 patent No. 6,335,678 titled "Electronic device, preferably an electronic book." ... In its lawsuit, the firm takes issue with Apple's move to distribute digital book reading applications through the App Store, which it subsequently sees as an endorsement by the Cupertino-based company that its touchscreen handset can serve as a capable eBook reader."

Yet again a company, which as far as I can tell has produced nothing aside from a patent application, is trying to shut down the activities of a company that actually produced something. I'm so sick of patent wars like this one I can't even begin to tell you, but I guess that's the way the tech industry is now. Hurry up and collect a ton of patents, produce nothing, then sue anyone who makes anything that might resemble that patent in spite of the fact that you've held it for years and done nothing with it.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

(Screen grab from Classics for illustrative purposes only)


Monday, February 16, 2009

Palm CEO Says "We Can Get Along" with Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.ipodobserver.com/ipo/art...tle_with_apple/

"Palm CEO Ed Colligan says that despite the posturing from his company and Apple, there aren't any pending legal actions over patents. Apple CFO and acting CEO Tim Cook stated that his company will aggressively defend its patents, which many saw as a warning shot at Palm and its upcoming Pre smartphone."

According to the Palm CEO they are comfortable that Palm could "hold its own" in a lawsuit from Apple, but that they have always been respectful of other companies property. He further states they are focusing on their business and not what anyone else may or may not do, and has seen "nothing to date" that would indicate a lawsuit from Apple. Of course that is just because they haven't released the product yet, who knows what will happen once it is out there.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Apple Awarded Patent for Touch Interface

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...the_iphone.html

"Apple last week was awarded a monstrous 358-page patent covering the touch screen, graphical user interface, and methods that combine to define the iPhone user experience."

This patent was awarded last Tuesday and names several executives, including Steve Jobs, in the filing that covers pretty much everything about the iphone and how it operates. This is interesting in light of the comments Tim Cook made about defending the product, and appears to give them a foothold to backup the challenge. Couple interesting notes about the patent, it mentions a "blogging application" and a "digital video camera application."


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