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ITC Judge Says Fitbit Didn’t Steal Jawbone’s Trade Secrets

According to a ruling on Tuesday by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Fitbit didn't steal any of Jawbone’s trade secrets. The case all began when Jawbone accused Fitbit of poaching their employees and using their knowledge of Jawbone’s trade secrets. Jawbone also claimed that Fitbit violated several of its patents. Jawbone's hope was that...

Patent Win Means Apple Pencil for Mac Could Debut in the Future

If you haven’t purchased an Apple Stylus… errr… Pencil yet, a newly granted Apple patent may make you reconsider. Well, sometime in the future, if Apple releases the patented upgraded Pencil and embeds the Magic Trackpad that is compatible with this enhanced stylus. The US patent 9,400,570, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...

Apple Agrees to Pay $25 Million to Settle Siri Lawsuit

Apple has settled a multi-year lawsuit claiming its virtual private assistant Siri violates a patent from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professors. The iPhone maker agreed to pay $24.9 million if the initiator, Dynamic Advances LLC, drops the case, reports the Albany Business Review. According to court documents, Rensselaer patented the technology Siri uses four years before Apple...

Apple Invention Brings Force-Sensitive Input to Touch ID

Apple has been working on force-sensing technology similar to what we've seen branded as 3D Touch, but what makes this particularly interesting is that it could be implemented into the Touch ID home button. AppleInsider today spotted a patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office entitled "Force-sensitive fingerprint sensing input", which details the...

Apple Ordered to Pay $625 Million in VirnetX VPN Patent Dispute

According to a new report from Fortune, Apple was today found guilty of willfully infringing on four patents in an ongoing dispute with VirnetX and has been ordered to pay $625 million in damages. The patents in question relate to virtual private networking (VPN) protocols. In today's ruling, the jury decided that Apple's FaceTime and...

Apple Wins Patent for Hover-Sensing Display for iPhones, iPads

Apple has been granted a new patent today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office titled "Proximity and multi-touch sensor detection and demodulation", that details how proximity sensing hardware can work with multitouch displays, such as those found in iPhones and iPads, in order to extend the user interaction area beyond the device's display, AppleInsider...

Apple Patents Dual Camera System to Bring Optical Zoom to iPhones

Apple’s engineers have been busy lately developing a new zoom lens system for the iPhone. Patently Apple has spotted a new patent for a "Mobile Camera System" published by the US Patent and Trademark Office which documents a new dual camera zoom lens system, an invention that will potentially provide optical zoom to a user....

Samsung Agrees to Pay $548 Million in Apple Damages

A lengthy chapter in the Apple vs. Samsung patent dispute is about to close: Samsung has agreed to pay the iPhone maker a lot of money, having been found guilty of infringing Apple's patents, reports Florian Müller of Foss Patents. As it turns out, Samsung and Apple have filed a joint case management agreement with...