Electronics manufacturer Nokia stepped up its case against Apple today by filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission alleging patent infringment on Apple's part in nearly all of Apple's mobile phones, portable music players and computers. The complaint accuses Apple of infringing on seven individual patents to help create features such as user interface and camera, antenna and power management technologies.
"Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in small electronic devices" said Paul Melin, General Manager, Patent Licensing at Nokia. "This action is about protecting the results of such pioneering development."
A recently-unearthed Apple patent application for a multitouch tactile keyboard reveals plans for a device that would feature a dynamic surface to help users keep track of their relative position on the board. Interestingly enough, the device's surface would incorporate an "articulating frame", which would raise and retract bumps in order to recreate the feel of typing on a conventional keyboard.
United States Patent and Trademark office has just released a new patent application filed by Apple for a technology that would allow a user to control their computer using their iPhone. While there are already a handful of apps in the App Store that offer this feature, this patent shows that Apple is looking to make it an integrated part of the device's software.
A new Apple patent application was recently uncovered that may remove the need for plastic dock adapters with Apple's universal dock. A new patent describes how an elastic material could be used to allow the dock to conform to the Apple device's shape, allowing one dock to fit multiple devices.
Over on the legal end, St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants has announced that the company is suing Apple, claiming that the iPhone infringes upon several digital camera patents. In the past, St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants has leveraged its patents as a major profit center and scored a $35 million payout from Canon in 2003 as well as a $25 million award from Sony back in 2001 in other patent infringement cases.
A new patent from Apple (#20090284476) describes a method in which a device might push it's user interface to a smart remote. The patent doesn't talk much about the device, describing it loosely as a small "accessory" with a touchscreen that changes it's UI to match that of the device it's controlling to control playback of audio or video remotely.
In a new patent application published this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple details a method of sharing files between devices on the same personal network in order to simplify the syncing process. The patent describes a system for controlling what content is synced between devices and what isn't, and includes a new app tentatively named "Grab and Go" that would allow the user to access files from other local devices.
St Clair Intellectual Property Consultants is suing Apple over claims that the company is infringing on patents it owns relating to digital still cameras. The company apparently has a history of patent litigation and Apple looks to be just the next target on the list, as Apple currently uses still digital cameras in the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3GS, iPod nano, and Mac computers all include digital cameras capable of capturing video.
It's not terribly exciting or unexpected, but it's part of the due process. In its 10-K annual report (PDF) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and posted yesterday, Apple noted that it plans to "vigorously" defend itself from a lawsuit filed last week by Nokia claiming infringement of multiple cellular and Wi-Fi patents by Apple's iPhone. Nokia's complaint alleges that these patents are essential to one or more of the GSM, UMTS and 802.11 wireless communications standards, and that the Company has the right to license these patents from plaintiff on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory ("FRAND") terms and conditions
You can't please all the people all the time. In a suit filed today in U.S. District Court, Nokia claims that Apple has violated 10 of Nokia's wireless technology patents. According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, the company says the patents "relate to technologies fundamental to making devices," that are compatible with the GSM, UMTS, or 3G WCDMA, and wireless LAN standards.