Showing posts with label Apple Patents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apple Patents. Show all posts

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Apple Wins Against Motorola As Judge Orders Further Investigation

Apple Wins Against Motorola As Judge Orders Further Investigation
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Apple vs Motorola - Patents War

This week has been lucky for Apple as it seems pretty clear that Apple's win over Samsung has been a tough one. Apple has recently won the lawsuit against Samsung for infringing the intellectual property of the company by illicitly using its patents. The trail ended with Samsung being ordered to pay Apple over 1.05 Billion in compensation for copying Apple's patented designs of iPhone and iPad.

Recently Google has filed a lawsuit that Apple has violated several patents of Motorola in making the voice assistant Siri which happens to be the aggressive marketing source for Apple. If the allegations are proved to be true, the results could be devastating for Apple as it could lead in the permanent ban of iPhone in the United States. Further more, Apple would have to pay heavy compensation to Motorola (Now Google) for the losses and the lawsuit charges. 

Call it a lucky day for Apple as the judge has ordered further investigation in the issue instead of imposing immediate ban on the sales of iPhone. This, however might infuriate Google with the ball landing in the wrong court. The ITC says that upon an initial determination, Apple may have infringed on a non-standard essential patent, which could potentially lead to an import ban. In particular, the said patent is for the “sensor controlled user interface for portable communication device.”

The ITC, however, has decided to remand further action and investigation on the matter to Administrative Law Judge Thomas B. Pender, reports FOSS Patents.
Apple was cleared with respect to three of Motorola’s patents-in-suit, including the aforementioned standard-essential one. But with respect to U.S. Patent No. 6,246,862 on a “sensor controlled user interface for portable communication device”, a non-standard-essential patent, the investigation was remanded to Administrative Law Judge Thomas B. Pender. The judge had found claim 1 of that patent indefinite and, as a result, not violated. The ITC has reversed his indefiniteness finding. As a result, there could (but need not) be a finding of a violation with respect to this patent, and an import ban.

With Apple's patent war with Samsung just coming to an end, seems like there are others who are more interesting in bringing Apple to the courts of law. If the initial investigations prove that Apple has abruptly copied the Motorola patents then the result would lead to an immediate ban on imports. From now on, its just a wait and watch game for Apple and Motorola.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Apple Stole Noise Cancellation Feature - Noise Free Wireless Suing Apple

Apple Stole Noise Cancellation Feature - Noise Free Wireless Suing Apple
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Apple is known for protecting its intellectual property rights by dragging the violators to the courts of law and suing them and forcing a ban on those products that infringe its patented designs. According to Apple, its not just suing the competitors but protecting the intellectual property rights of Apple which is mandatory. Following the recent patent infringements by various Samsung products, Apple seems to have got quite a good hold with quality lawyers fighting against the bad guys. It was also heard that Google is uniting with Samsung to fight against Apple's law suits against Galaxy Nexus.

Seems like there is someone strong enough to bring Apple to the courts of law for stealing the design and technology. Noise Free Wireless has accused Apple of using (stealing) noise cancellation technology that is currently used in iPhones. It has filed a patent violation lawsuit against Apple for using its patented and copyrighted design for noise cancellation that was registered back in 2007 US Patent No. 7742790 The company claims that Apple stole the idea of noise cancellation which was once demonstrated by Noise free to Apple in September 2007.
"On further information and belief, Apple provided Audience with Noise Free's confidential trade secret information to assist Audience in delivering a noise cancellation solution that was similar and/or identical to the solution that Noise Free designed," the suit alleged.
Noise free claims that terms with Apple went very well and it was planned to add noise cancellation in the upcoming iPhones. Based on that, both the companies continued meeting even in 2008 and Noise free had even shared confidential data with Apple like the user guide on how to implement noise cancellation. Also, it had provided Apple with a fully functional circuit board along with a phone on which the technology was implemented. A documentation on technology was also shared with Apple.

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According to Noise free, Apple had stopped communicating with Noise Free in 2009 and had conducted various unauthorized tests on the devices and had finally filed for a patent  for "User-specific noise suppression for voice quality improvements". Apple had re-designed the noise cancellation method used by Noise Free and implemented it in its own devices. Apple and Noise-Free continued talks until the latter discovered that Apple had chosen a different supplier for chip-set supplies.

In the complaint filed by Noise Free, Apple's iPhone4, iPhone4S and iPad, iPad2 and iPad3 along with iPod touch violates its patents and the complaint seeks courts help in granting Noise Free all those patents of Apple which are based on Noise-Free technology. Further more, it also seeks penalization for sharing trade confidential secrets against Apple.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Apple Working On Face Recognition For iOS Cameras

Apple Is Working On Face Recognition Patterns For iOS Devices


Apple Testing powerful face detection on iOS devices

Apple's patent submissions indicate that the company giant is working on face recognition patterns for iPhones and iPods and iPads using powerful camera patterns. The news comes from patentlyapple a team indulged in gaining Intel on Apple patents and news related to Apple. The site notes that this system would be able to recognize face, phone number, movie, book, prices, time, music, email, map, or bar code related elements. This system would be able to recognize face, phone number, movie, book, prices, time, music, email, map, or bar code related elements.

The advanced camera system will be able to read IBSN numbers, pricing symbols, phone numbers and much more – all in context. For instance, you'll be able to scan a poster of a movie as noted in our cover graphic. From that you'll be able to scan faces and be given contextual menu options pertaining to that face or scan a phone number and be given the option to put it into your contact information or touch the photo of the movie image and call up a movie trailer or access to show times and other relevant information. You'll be able to scan a URL off of a magazine and then touch the URL on the image on your iPad and be given the option to activate the URL.

face detection coming soon for iPhones and iPads

"If the detected human face is recognized... an operation of the (device) can be modified based upon the recognized human face," the application reads. "The modification can include executing a pre-defined set of operations such as opening email, opening text messages, and so forth."

The application describes a system that could scan and detect a specific user's face, and then unlock the device after the person has been recognized. If the user cannot be identified by the system, they would then be presented with the option of entering a security code to unlock the iPhone or iPad.

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