New patents support speculation that Apple has saved mobile payments for the fall.
FORTUNE -- "Mobile payments remains a future opportunity," wrote Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty in her note to clients about Monday's WWDC keynote.
"Apple's 575 million active accounts, which is tracking ahead of our 600 million year-end 2013 estimate, is the largest credit-card linked account base, making it an obvious payments platform over time. Apple often saves new feature/service introductions MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 11, 2013 8:04 AM ET
Note to editor: Not all patents are the same.
FORTUNE -- Under the headline Samsung-Apple Patent Fight: Is It Worth It?, Wednesday's Wall Street Journal takes a long look at three years of smartphone litigation and concludes that the answer is no.
"A string of rulings in big cases has left litigants with little to show for all the trouble," writes the Journal's Ashby Jones in the "nut" paragraph that states the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 8, 2013 7:45 AM ET
How could the press get the effect of a judge's high-profile ruling so wrong?
FORTUNE -- When Judge Lucy Koh last month ordered a new trial to determine the proper damage award for 14 of the 28 Samsung devices found by a jury last summer to have infringed Apple (AAPL) patents, nearly every reporter covering story followed Reuters' lead:
"Apple had a major setback in its ongoing mobile patents battle with Samsung Electronics MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 1, 2013 6:35 AM ET
To protect the iPhone's fragile screen when falling, it would shift its center of balance
FORTUNE -- We don't usually write about Apple's (AAPL) patents because the company files so many and so few ever see the light of day.
But for Patent Application No. 20130073095, published Thursday and spotted by AppleInsider's Mikey Campbell, we'll make an exception.
It describes a sensor-and-microprocessor system that can detect when an iPhone or iPad is falling and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 21, 2013 7:57 AM ET
For Samsung, even March 2014 is too early for Apple's case against the Galaxy S3
FORTUNE -- When we reported last September that that Apple (AAPL) had added Samsung's flagship Galaxy S3 to a patent infringement suit scheduled to go on trial in March 2014, some readers thought the trial date was typo.
After all, Apple had filed this second suit -- not be confused with the one that ended in August MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 8, 2013 8:12 AM ET
Could this be the iWatch we've been hearing so much about?
FORTUNE -- Early Thursday morning, AppleInsider's Mikey Campbell came across a patent filed by Apple (AAPL) in August 2011 that sounds a lot like the touchscreen iWatch Apple is rumored to be building using Corning's (GLW) flexible Willow glass. It also looks a lot like the slap bracelets my kids used to wear when they were in grade school.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 21, 2013 7:13 AM ET
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act opened the door to more post-grant reviews
FORTUNE -- On Wednesday, Samsung informed a federal court -- and the Wall Street Journal dutifully reported -- that the U.S. Patent Office had "rejected" all claims of an Apple (AAPL) patent (the so-called "pinch to zoom" patent, or '915) that the Journal described as "a cornerstone of its case against Samsung."
In October, the Patent and Trademark Office tentatively concluded MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 20, 2012 7:13 AM ET
"Causal nexus" is key. Meanwhile, Samsung's jury misconduct claim is a nonstarter
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) lost an important ruling Monday night when a U.S. federal judge denied its request for a permanent ban on a collection of Samsung products that Apple charged -- and a jury ruled -- had willfully infringed Apple's patents.
Samsung, for its part, lost what most court watchers believed was a long-shot bid for a retrial based MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 18, 2012 6:58 AM ET
The odds are stacked against Samsung on jury misconduct, liability, injunctions etc.
FORTUNE -- "All eyes are on San Jose," writes Christopher Carani in a preamble to his analysis of the big Apple v. Samsung hearing scheduled for Thursday in Judge Lucy Koh's federal court.
"This is a major hearing in an extremely important patent case that impacts one of this country's most critical and fastest growing industries... This case will have implications far MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 6, 2012 6:54 AM ET
A well-crafted rejoinder, pre-approved for copying and pasting where indicated
FORTUNE -- A reader who called himself "jabberwolf" posted a poorly spelled and ungrammatical comment here Saturday in which he attacked Apple (AAPL) for a variety of alleged transgressions, including a claim that Steve Jobs put his name on hundreds of patents to which he contributed absolutely nothing.
In response, FalKirk, one of our favorite commenters, posted this:
In related news, scientists fear MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 3, 2012 6:02 AM ET
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