Apple’s Patent Application for 3D Camera Discovered

Our friends from Patently Apple have discovered an existing patent for an Apple 3D camera, which would definitely maximize the retina displays of new and upcoming devices.


Nokia files US patent for vibrating magnetic tattoo

Nokia has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a magnetic vibrating tattoo that would alert the bearer of various activity that needs attention on their wireless handset. The idea is that the inked person wouldn’t have to interrupt others with a buzzing cell phone in a quiet environment or alternatively, wouldn’t miss an important call in a very loud setting.

The process would involve an individual beingtattooed with ferromagnetic inks that react to magnetic fields. The inks would first have to be demagnetized, then the user would have a tattoo applied with said ink (just like any other tattoo) and finally, the ink would have to be remagnetized afterwards by bringing it in close contact with an external alternating magnetic field multiple times.

Once in place and paired with a phone, the tattoo would vibrate in accordance with signals sent from the handset. For example, a different pattern could be applied for different callers, incoming text messages or emails or even as a low battery indicator.

If a permanent option isn’t for you, Nokia also filed patents for alternative methods including a temporary magnetic spray, a sticky decal or stamp or even a wrist band. If you think going through airport security is a pain now, just try explaining to the TSA that your magnetic tattoo is setting off their metal detectors.

The patent was filed on March 15 and lists Zoran Radivojevic as the lead inventor ahead of three others.

Apple patent shows designs for more accurate water damage sensors

Without a doubt, the purveyance of personal electronics has changed our lives — not only have they put oodles of information at our fingertips, but they’ve also made pushing fully-clothed friends into the pool a warranty-voiding social faux pas. If you do get dunked, however, Apple wants to make sure you aren’t going to blame your phone’s apparent water damage on one of the (potentially faulty) detection stickers in use today, rather than your own perilous plunge. A new patent application uncovered by AppleInsiderimagines an iDevice that detects water damage using a sensor covered in water soluble conductive glue that, when dissolved, allows the sensor to detect its absence and log damage. The patent outlines several different setups using one or more sensors, and hopes to provide a more reliable indicator of water damage than today’s methods. Of course, you wouldn’t have to worry about that if you were insured, would you?

Oracle drops patent from Google lawsuit, Google moves to strike Oracle’s third damages report

Oracle drops patent from Google lawsuit, Google moves to strike Oracle's third damages reportAfter much sound and fury in its legal proceedings for IP infringement against Google, Oracle’s claims continue to be whittled away. Judge Alsup has been on Oracle’s case to downgrade its damages claims for months now, and on Friday, he got yet another reason to do so. Ellison’s crew has finally withdrawn the last remaining claim of patent number 6,192,476 from the litigation — the very same patent that had 17 of 21 claims wiped out earlier during a USPTO re-examination proceeding. Additionally, Google has filed a motion to strike Oracle’s third damages report for, once again, artificially inflating the monetary damages in its expert report. No one can say for sure how the judge will rule on that motion, but given that Oracle’s got less IP than ever with which to allege infringement, it seems likely that the Court will send it back to the damages drawing board.

Apple asks EU regulators to step in on Motorola patent dispute

Apple already asked the European Telecommunications Standards Institute for more transparency on FRAND licensing, and now it’s seeking a full-blown intervention. Motorola Mobility claims it received a letter on Friday from the European Commission advising there has been a complaint against it from Apple. The letter also stated that Cupertino wants the Commission to enforce the firm’s standards-essential patents that breach agreed FRAND commitments. This latest development comes just one day after a German court awarded Apple an injunction against Motorola’s implementation of slide-to-unlock on smartphones, as well as an ongoing saga of similar disputes with the firm. It’s also just days after the European Commission approved Google’s acquisition of the handset maker, based on beliefs that it “does not itself raise competition issues.”