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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a social networking system that institutes a number of database-level features to ensure reliable “friend states,” or how users interact with each other.
Business networking giant LinkedIn is reported to be in late stage talks to purchase popular newsreader Pulse in a deal worth “tens of millions” of dollars, with the buy seen as part of a larger push into content creation and consumption.
Google has reached a deal with the Federal Trade Commission to bring the body’s 19-month antitrust investigation into the search giant to a close, according to Apple Insider. Part of the settlement hinged on Google’s agreement to license certain standard-essential patents (SEPs) it acquired during its purchase of Motorola Mobility to its competitors in the mobile market, including Apple. The company will still need to work out terms and fees with others wanting to utilize the patents, but can’t be unfair, unreasonable or discriminatory in the process.
The other aspect of the FTC’s probe involved concern that Google was promoting its own content and services over competitors’ in search results. The commission concluded that Google hadn’t been involved in the practice, despite claims by its search rivals such as Microsoft. It did, however, make the company agree not to reprint content from other sites, such as Yelp, in a ways that could confuse users into thinking it was Google-owned or created.
Google will license ‘essential’ Motorola patents, ending FTC probe originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
A decision published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday saw an Apple patent, co-invented by late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, covering multi-touch functionality have all 20 of its claims invalidated after the property was reexamined.
In a late Monday ruling, Apple v. Samsung Judge Lucy Koh said that the patents Apple and HTC are cross-licensing as part of a ten-year deal will not remain sealed, indicating that the public will be privy to the sensitive information.
In a bid to expand its chip-making business in Israel, Apple has reportedly hired a number of former Texas Instruments engineers living in the country, with the new employees said to bolster the tech giant’s research and development resources in the region.
A new piece of malware that takes advantage of a well-documented Java vulnerability has been found on a website dedicated to the Dalai Lama, with the trojan able to install itself on an unwitting Mac user’s computer to capture keystrokes and other sensitive data.
The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday completed its review of a Motorola complaint from April, ruling against an import ban on Apple’s iPhone and iPad after finding the devices do not infringe on certain wireless technology patents owned by the Google subsidiary.
The complex verdict reached by the jury in the Apple vs. Samsung case sends a strong message about a willingness of a jury to enforce U.S. patents against flagrant infringement while at the same time rejecting patent claims that lack strong support, particularly when it comes to prior art.
Following its significant court win over Samsung on Friday, Apple is seeking a preliminary injunction against the devices found to be infringing on the company’s patents, citing “irreparable harm” if the units were to stay on sale.
Apple is seeking to buy up Kodak patents, reportedly as part of a consortium that includes Google and various Android licensees, all of whom would benefit from keeping the firm’s imaging rights out of the hands of patent trolls.
Samsung on Monday mounted its defense in the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial, with the pair of “fact witnesses” giving testimony regarding alleged prior art to Apple’s “rubber-banding” and “pinch-to-zoom” patents.
An Apple v. Samsung court document filed on Monday reveals an e-mail in which a top Samsung designer said to “learn through the lessons of the iPhone,” not to make replica handsets based on Apple’s popular designs.
Users of the iPhone 3GS, a handset first released by Apple in 2009, may have access to the new Shared Photo Streams and VIP Mail features after all, as support has been added in the third beta release of iOS 6.
Apple was awarded a patent on Thursday for a multi-point focusing system that integrates with devices capable of multitouch input, possibly pointing to future use of the technology in a next-generation iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Following a recently won appeal from the federal court, Apple on Friday filed a motion for injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 which could see the tablet pulled from U.S. shelves as soon as early June.
Apple and a handful of other tech companies are said to be in talks with Russia’s Skolkovo Innovation Centre about building research facilities in the organization’s “Technopark,” which is at the heart of a larger initiative looking to bring high-tech innovators into the country.
Patently Apple reports that Apple had acquired a number of new patents to its arsenal today. Among the 25 patents issued to the company include:
- A second patent for the iTunes store and its rental system, originally filed in January 2008
- A fifth patent for Time Machine, covering a user interface that shows earlier versions of data. This was originally filed in 2007.
- Design patents for the current-generation iMac, iPad Smart Covers, Apple Store displays, the iOS Newsstand icon and a power adapter.
Full details and other patents issued can be read at Patently Apple.
Apple wins patents for Smart Covers, iTunes Store, Time Machine and more originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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