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Does Apple have patents on basic UIKit classes?

When it comes to UIs, many different UI toolkits exist such as Qt, GTK, Motif, and UIKit. So I would be surprised if it turned out that common features of UIKit which appear on many platforms as well ...
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Does this patent hold true for all carousel view images or card view images in an application?

In reference to the patent: USD613300
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Apple patent application already granted to another

In reference to the patent: US20140206209 Appears to be the same as US7458825 B2 granted to Walletex Microelectronics in 2008.
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Media device design patent and other types of products

If design patent is granted for a media device, will it also cover other devices which are not “media devices”? For instance, US D497,618 S1 is a design patent for an iPod. If someone makes a toy, ...
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US20140235095 - Apple Inc - Reversible usb connector with compliant member to spread stress and increase contact normal force

The following Apple patent application is published and pending examination: Title: Reversible usb connector with compliant member to spread stress and increase contact normal force Publication ...
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LOCATION-SENSITIVE SECURITY LEVELS (Apple) - 20140187200 - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MOBILE COMPUTING - This application from Apple seeks to patent location-based security. 10 minutes of your time can help narrow this US patent application before it becomes a patent. ...
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US20140085334 - Apple applies for patent on transparent texting

Apple has filed a patent for 'Transparent Texting' that resembles existing applications such as Tape n Walk and Walk N Text.
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Submitting to App Store = public disclosure?

In the USA, if you submit a novel iPad app to Apple for inclusion on App Store, does that count as a public disclosure? i.e. Does the clock start ticking (for the one-year grace period during which ...
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Power Management Systems for Accepting Solar Power in Electronic Devices – Patent Application – PRIOR ART REQUEST

This patent application filed by Apple claims to invent a power management system that includes a system microcontroller (SMC) and a charger. During operation, the power management system accepts ...
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Switchably transparent/opaque window hiding electronic fingerprint scanner, camera (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Apple has an application pending that would probably go into iPhones. The idea is that you have the camera or fingerprint scanner or other electronic component behind a window that can be turned ...
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Disposable email addresses (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

A handful of Apple engineers have applied for a software patent application (US20140047043) on the idea of adding a proprietary protocol to request new disposable email addresses automatically from an ...
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Preloading web pages in a browser (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Dynamic preloading of web pages - This Apple application seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying links in a loaded first web page, determining an order of pre-loading second ...
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Interactive Map - Is Apple trying to patent 40-year-old GIS methods? - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Apple recently filed for an "Interactive Map" patent that in every way resembles a collection of technologies and methods known as "Geographic Information Systems" (GIS). 10 minutes of your time can ...
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Apple's iphone design patent

How would apple's design patent for the shape of the iphone could have been non-obvious as a design patent? please don't jump right away.. The iphone was innovative in most respects when launched, I ...
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Proximity-based home automation (Apple) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

I came across an article on Hacker News that cited this recently issued patent by Apple: Patent Number 8,577,392 Title System and method of determining location of wireless communication devices/...
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How many pending patents did “Rockstar” acquire when it paid $4.5 billion for Nortel's patent portfolio?

In 2011, Nortel sold its patent portfolio to Rockstar, a consortium of companies including Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Ericsson AB and EMC. According to The Star: The purchase will give Apple and its ...
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Apple US Patent 8,528,072 - Method, apparatus and system for access mode control of a device

Apple was recently granted patent 8,528,072: A method, apparatus, and system for accessing at least a portion of a device based upon an access input. An access input is received. The access ...
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Possible patent infringement when implementing a file viewer

I'm writing a piece software. As part of my application I intend to implement a custom file browser (a simple popup window, which allows you to search folders, files etc). My intention is to divide ...
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Mobile phone - Intelligent Away/Available/Busy status on phones (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Away/Available/Busy status - This application from Apple seeks to patent the idea of...displaying a status to contacts that would indicate whether you’re available to field a ...
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PURCHASING A PRODUCT IN A STORE USING A MOBILE DEVICE Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

HELP SAVE MOBILE PURCHASES - This application from Apple seeks to patent a method for purchasing a product in a store using a smartphone! Help narrow US patent applications before they become patents ...
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Does my idea infringe upon this capacitative touch patent?

I am developing a new product, but I have a problem with this patent. I am using this circuit on my project, but it looks like this patent. can you help me this patent include my project?
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Apple designs were not the first. So why grant them patents?

Why did the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office), grant Apple the "Wedge" design when in fact it was first created by Sony's X505 product? Clearly this Sony X505 laptop with its wedge design dates ...
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Apple patent page turning animation - any prior art to invalidate this?

Apple have just been granted patent D670,713 "Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface" A New York Times blog post discusses possible prior art references. How ...
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Prior Art for Apple's iTunes Design Patent (Circle with Notes in the Middle)

A design patent covers the ornamental features of an article of manufacture. As with standard "utility" patents, a design patent must also be novel and nonobvious. For a number of years, the USPTO ...
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How does Apple's patent differ from Microsoft HEL?

How does the patent application US 2011/0037768 “System for Emulating Graphics Operations” filed by Apple (filing date Oct 15, 2010) differ from Microsoft's DirectX/DirectDraw HEL (Hardware Emulation ...
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Prior Art for Apple Heuristic Search Algorithm (Pub No. 2012-0166477)

Looking for prior art for Apple's search algorithm patent. In January 2000, Apple filed its original patent application to a heuristic search approach that uses a variety of algorithms that depend ...
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Prior art for Apple's “unified search” patent

US patent 8,086,604 is the one Apple used to temporarily get sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus blocked. It covers using a single UI to search multiple data sources, including both local and remote ones....
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Does this analyzer server meet the “full, clear, concise” terms of 35 USC 112?

Could you explain me how the 35 USC 112 rule is satisfied by the patent US5946647: The specification shall contain a written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making ...
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How can Apple patent flexi screens?

According to my reading of http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/27/apple-patents-in-screen-speakers-flexible-displays-and-tactile-keyboards-for-future-iphones-and-ipads/, Apple patented flexi displays. How ...
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Which patents were involved in Apple v. Samsung?

Can someone list which patents Apple sued Samsung over? I believe one of them was rounded corners on a mobile device. I could be wrong though, but if I am correct about that one, then any mobile ...
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Prior art for double-tap to zoom in a structured document / web browser

Apple has patented (US7864163) the behaviour in Mobile Safari whereby double-tapping zooms in just enough to fit on the screen the particular box of content that was tapped. A computer-implemented ...
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Prior art for Apple's Magsafe

Having read through the claims of Magsafe patent #7311526, I am not sure how it differs from previous examples of magnetic power connectors. What exactly is the novelty being claimed in that ...