Apple Patents a New Lockscreen Quick Access Feature

Apple Patents a New Lockscreen Quick Access Feature

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In some cases the new user interface provides an animated feature that will roll the Unlock slider feature out of the way so as to reveal one or more rows of quick access apps. The invention also reveals that Apple is likely to adopt a new virtual home button that will extend the user interface right to the bottom of the iDevice. All in all, this is another cool feature that we could likely expect to see in future iDevices.

There have been an absurd number of iOS 7 concepts floating around various Apple blogs for the last few months, and none of which are guaranteed to be anything like what we’ll eventually be seeing from Apple later this year. Every once in a while, though, we see one of these iOS concepts come directly from Apple in the form of a patent. There’s no guarantee that these will come to fruition either, but they’re probably just that much more plausible in comparison to the shots in the dark that come from various concept artists.

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iPhone Patent Declared Temporarily Invalid

FOSS Patents has reported this afternoon that a patent penned by the late Steve Jobs has been given a first Office action, temporarily declaring the vital iPhone patent invalid. The patent, commonly known by Apple’s lawyers as “the Steve Jobs patent,” was granted in January 2009 and was a compilation of many other software patents dating as far back as before the iPhone was announced.

The patent covers the broad concept of the iPhone interface, as is entitled “Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface For Determining Commands By Applying Heuristics.” This is the exact patent that Apple has been using against its competitors in a vast array of legal claims, and if the patent does prove to be ruled invalid, those claims would not have as firm of a stance in future legal battles.

It’s worth noting that this patent was one of 300 that was recently used as defense in the 1 billion dollar legal battle with Samsung. The invalidation of this patent could potentially come with much more serious repercussions as Apple could theoretically be required to pay some of that huge amount back to its competitors.

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Noise Free Wireless Sues Apple Over Noise-Reduction Technology

We’ve been steadily reporting on Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung and Google, but it appears that 1 Infinite Loop is on the receiving end of this patent dispute. Centered around U.S. Patent No. 7742790, Noise Free Wireless is filing a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that they have infringed on their Noise-Reduction technology.

The plaintiff said that they first presented their technology at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters in September of 2007, and continued meeting with the corporation for 3 years. Non-disclosure was agreed upon verbally at first, while a written agreement was signed during September of 2008.

Noise Free hopes that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California finds evidence of misappropriated trade secrets, a breached contract, and engagement in unfair business practices. The professional relationship between these two Silicon Valley companies went bad when Noise Free Wireless learned that Apple was going to use technology from their competitor, Audience, in its products. (more…)

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Legal Loop: Apple Wins Injunction Against Motorola in Germany

A regional court in Munich, Germany yesterday awarded Apple a permanent injunction against several products offered by Motorola Mobility, based on a ruling that those devices infringe upon the Cupertino-based company’s patented slide-to-unlock gesture on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

According to FOSS Patents, the court decision allows for Apple to enforce a ban on the infringing Motorola products effective immediately, but only if it is willing to allocate bond money to account for Motorola’s revenue losses in the event that the injunction is overturned by a higher court in Germany. Motorola is reportedly preparing to appeal this court ruling.

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Motorola Files Lawsuit Claiming iPhone 4S and iCloud Infringe on their Patents

Apple has been in quite the patent frenzy with many well-known competitors including HTC, Samsung and even Kodak. They’ve attempted to ban Samsung’s products in foreign countries while Motorola has successfully banned Apple’s in Germany. Apple has literally been at war with Samsung over this patent stuff, but neither side seems to have won yet. HTC is facing a possible import ban on their products that infringe Apple’s patents.

And now we come to today where it seems that Motorola has put their finest employees to work finding patent infringements that would accumulate some extra cash. Keep reading to learn more about what Motorola has discovered in their patent archives. (more…)

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Apple Tablet: Two Hand Multi Touch Patent Surfaces

Talk today is of the latest patent application made by Apple for a ‘multi-touch contact motion extraction‘ system where two hands and ten fingers can be used on screen simultaneously to type and make gestures.

Move over iPod touch, where do I sign up for Apple Tablet Fans?

Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.

It’s suggested the Apple Tablet won’t appear until ‘early 2010′.  So start saving now as I doubt it will come cheap!

Via:  AppleInsider

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