Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bluebonnet v. Apple filed in E.D. Tex.

Bluebonnet Telecommunications, L.L.C. has filed a complaint for patent infringement against Apple, Inc. (complaint via PriorSmart) In separate suits, Bluebonnet has also targeted HTC America, Samsung Electronics America, Sony Ericsson, RIM, Sharp, Nokia, Pantech, LG electronics, Motorola Mobility, HP, Dell, and Google.

The patent in suit is U.S. 5,485,511, which was assigned at the time of issue to Siemens Rolm Communications. The complaint does not identify particular claims as being infringed, but alleges direct and indirect infringement.

Various blogs are identifying the patent as covering "call forwarding," since that is the feature mentioned in the complaint. The claims, however, relate generally to feature activation, and, in the case of claim 12, display of a list of features assigned to the telephone.

The plaintiff's focus on call-forwarding might relate to the iPhone's ability to display call forwarding status via an icon:

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For reference, claim 12 reads as follows:

12. A method for determining which telephony features are assigned to a telephone within a telephone network having a central switch and a plurality of available telephony features, the telephone having a display, said method comprising the steps of:

placing a telephone call from the telephone to a predetermined telephone number through the central switch;

sending a plurality of feature activation request signals to the central switch, each of said feature activation request signals designating a telephone feature;

receiving feature status signals corresponding to each of said feature activation request signals from the switch, said feature status signals indicating whether a telephony feature corresponding to each of said feature activation request signals is assigned to the telephone;

generating a list of features assigned to the telephone from said feature status signals received from the switch; and

displaying said list of features assigned to the telephone on the display.

Teksler moves to Technicolor

Via Reuters:

Teksler, most recently spent four years at Apple as head of Patent Licensing & Strategy. Prior to Apple, he spent 16 years at Hewlett-Packard, most recently as a co-founder of HP's Intellectual Property Licensing Business. He also held a variety of senior management roles in research & development, marketing and general management. As a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley, he has acquired extensive experience in commercializing technologies and Intellectual Property. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2013-02-19 Newly Issued Apple Patents

PAT. NO.   Title
1 D676,458 Full-Text Display screen or portion thereof with icon
2 D676,438 Full-Text Electronic device
3 D676,437 Full-Text Electronic device
4 8,381,196 Full-Text Code execution visualization using software fingerprinting
5 8,381,194 Full-Text Methods and apparatuses for selective code coverage
6 8,381,191 Full-Text Intention based application customization
7 8,381,135 Full-Text Proximity detector in handheld device
8 8,381,125 Full-Text Device and method for resizing user interface content while maintaining an aspect ratio via snapping a perimeter to a gridline
9 8,381,122 Full-Text Multi-dimensional application environment
10 8,381,107 Full-Text Adaptive audio feedback system and method
11 8,381,101 Full-Text Supporting platform-independent typesetting for documents
12 8,381,041 Full-Text Program counter (PC) trace
13 8,380,991 Full-Text Hash function based on polymorphic code
14 8,380,972 Full-Text Parallelizing multiple boot images with virtual machines
15 8,380,959 Full-Text Memory management system and method
16 8,380,948 Full-Text Managing purgeable memory objects using purge groups
17 8,380,753 Full-Text Reconstruction of lists in a document
18 8,380,669 Full-Text Throttling to reduce synchronizations of excessively changing data
19 8,380,507 Full-Text Systems and methods for determining the language to use for speech generated by a text to speech engine
20 8,380,459 Full-Text Motion plane correction for MEMS-based input devices
21 8,380,209 Full-Text Providing information to a caller based on a called mobile terminal's temporary directory number
22 8,380,008 Full-Text Automatic image cropping
23 8,379,624 Full-Text Transport for wireless radio access networks
24 8,379,576 Full-Text Call admission control systems and methods for wireless networks
25 8,379,558 Full-Text Sending an identifier of a wireless local area network to enable handoff of a mobile station to the wireless local area network
26 8,379,098 Full-Text Real time video process control using gestures
27 8,379,058 Full-Text Methods and apparatuses to arbitrarily transform windows
28 8,379,039 Full-Text Reformatting content with proper color-region conversion
29 8,378,972 Full-Text Keyboard with increased control of backlit keys
30 8,378,958 Full-Text White point control in backlights
31 8,378,859 Full-Text Memory compression technique with low latency per pixel
32 8,378,857 Full-Text Illumination of input device
33 8,378,797 Full-Text Method and apparatus for localization of haptic feedback
34 8,376,789 Full-Text Jack assemblies with cylindrical contacts
35 8,376,776 Full-Text Active electronic media device packaging
36 8,375,767 Full-Text Mounted shock sensor

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2013-02-12 Newly Issued Apple Patents


PAT. NO.   Title
1 D676,058 Full-Text Display screen or portion thereof with icon
2 D676,019 Full-Text Electronic device
3 8,375,458 Full-Text System and method for authenticating code executing on computer system
4 8,375,369 Full-Text Run-time code injection to perform checks
5 8,375,319 Full-Text Progress indicator for loading dynamically-sized contents
6 8,375,312 Full-Text Classifying digital media based on content
7 8,375,293 Full-Text Method and apparatus for defining documents
8 8,375,112 Full-Text Synchronization methods and systems
9 8,374,825 Full-Text Personal items network, and associated methods
10 8,374,815 Full-Text Self-calibrating test system
11 8,374,775 Full-Text Adaptive sensor-based activity classification
12 8,374,730 Full-Text Methods and apparatuses for dynamic thermal control
13 8,374,650 Full-Text Methods for optimal collaborative MIMO-SDMA
14 8,374,630 Full-Text Method and apparatus for determining the location of a wireless client device on a wireless network
15 8,374,378 Full-Text Portable computer speaker grill structures
16 8,374,341 Full-Text Hash function using a cue sports game process
17 8,374,284 Full-Text Universal decoder
18 8,374,014 Full-Text Rejuvenation of analog memory cells
19 8,373,729 Full-Text Kickback compensation techniques
20 8,373,714 Full-Text Virtualization of graphics resources and thread blocking
21 8,373,655 Full-Text Adaptive acceleration of mouse cursor
22 8,373,610 Full-Text Microslot antennas for electronic devices
23 8,373,549 Full-Text Tactile feedback in an electronic device
24 8,373,470 Full-Text Modular programmable delay line blocks for use in a delay locked loop
25 8,373,355 Full-Text Brightness control of a status indicator light
26 8,372,502 Full-Text Structures for containing liquid materials and maintaining part alignment during assembly operations
27 8,372,495 Full-Text Electronic device enclosure using sandwich construction