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The Table of Contents is created based on
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Table of Contents

G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete . . . 40


G06F 17/28 - Processing or translating of
natural language . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval . . . . . . 42
G06F 21/00 - Security arrangements for
protecting computers or computer
Table of Contents systems against unauthorised activity .
G06F 21/20 - by restricting access to nodes
46

in a computer system or computer


network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
G06K 05/00 - Methods or arrangements for
verifying the correctness of markings
A few words from the editor 2 on a record carrier . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
G06K 07/10 - by electromagnetic radiation,
Table of Contents 3 e.g. optical sensing . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
G06K 09/00 - Methods or arrangements for
B32 - layered products, i.e. products built-up reading or recognising printed or written
of strata of flat or non-flat, e.g. cellular or characters or for recognising patterns,
honeycomb, form 5 e.g. fingerprints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
B32B 37/00 - Methods or apparatus for
laminating, e.g. by curing or by G06K 09/32 - Aligning or centering of the
ultrasonic bonding . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 image pick-up or image-field . . . . . . 56
G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing
B44 - Producing decorative effects 6 a permanent visual presentation of the
B44C 01/22 - Removing surface- material, output data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
e.g. by engraving, by etching . . . . . . 6 G06Q 10/00 - Administration, e.g. office
automation or reservations . . . . . . . 56
G01 - Measuring distances, levels or bearings 8 G06Q 20/00 - Payment schemes,
G01C 21/00 - Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . 8 architectures or protocols . . . . . . . . 57
G01J 05/02 - Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. marketing,
shopping, billing, auctions or e-commerce 62
G02 - Optical elements, systems, or apparatus 10 G06Q 40/00 - Finance, e.g. banking,
G02B 05/22 - Absorbing filters . . . . . . . . 10 investment or tax processing . . . . . . 72
G06Q 50/00 - Systems or methods specially
G05 - Control or regulating systems in general 11 adapted for a specific business sector,
G05B 23/02 - Electric testing or monitoring . 11 e.g. health care, utilities, tourism or
G05F 03/08 - wherein the variable is dc . . . 14 legal services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
G06 - Electric digital data processing 15 G06T 01/00 - General purpose image data
G06F 01/08 - Clock generators with processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
changeable or programmable clock G06T 15/20 - Perspective computation . . . . 83
frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
G06F 03/00 - Input arrangements for G08 - Signalling or calling systems 83
transferring data to be processed into G08B 06/00 - Tactile signalling systems, e.g.
a form capable of being handled by the personal calling systems . . . . . . . . . 83
computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
G06F 03/033 - Pointing devices displaced G09 - Arrangements or circuits for control of
or positioned by the user, e.g. mice, indicating devices using static means to
trackballs, pens or joysticks . . . . . . . 17 present variable information 84
G06F 03/041 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch G09G 05/00 - Control arrangements or
screens or touch pads, characterised circuits for visual indicators common to
by the transducing means . . . . . . . . 18 cathode-ray tube indicators and other
G06F 03/045 - . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 visual indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
G06F 03/048 - Interaction techniques G09G 05/02 - characterised by the way in
for graphical user interfaces, e.g. which colour is displayed . . . . . . . . 87
interaction with windows, icons or menus 19 G09G 05/36 - characterised by the display of
G06F 13/28 - using burst mode transfer, e.g. individual graphic patterns using a bit-
direct memory access, cycle steal . . . 22 mapped memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
G06F 13/42 - Bus transfer protocol, e.g.
handshake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 G10 - Speech analysis or synthesis 89
G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more
digital computers each having at least G10L 13/00 - Speech synthesis . . . . . . . . 89
an arithmetic unit, a programme unit G10L 13/08 - Text analysis or generation of
and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous parameters for speech synthesis out
processing of several programmes . . . 24 of text, e.g. grapheme to phoneme
G06F 15/177 - Initialisation or configuration translation, prosody generation or
control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 stress or intonation determination . . . . 90
G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data G10L 21/00 - Processing of the speech
processing equipment or methods, signal to produce another audible or
specially adapted for specific functions . 31 non-audible signal, e.g. visual or tactile,
G06F 17/20 - Handling natural language data 38 in order to modify its quality or its
G06F 17/21 - Text processing . . . . . . . . . 40 intelligibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

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Table of Contents

H01 - 93 H04 - Transmission 99


H01L 21/58 - . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 H04B 01/00 - Details of transmission
H01L 31/18 - Processes or apparatus systems, not covered by a single one
specially adapted for the manufacture of groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
or treatment of these devices or of parts H04B 05/00 - Near-field transmission
thereof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 systems, e.g. inductive loop type . . . . 104
H01R 11/00 - Individual connecting H04B 07/00 - Radio transmission systems,
elements providing two or more spaced i.e. using radiation field . . . . . . . . . 104
connecting locations for conductive H04B 10/00 - Transmission systems
members which are, or may be, thereby employing beams of corpuscular
interconnected, e.g. end pieces for radiation, or electromagnetic waves
wires or cables supported by the wire or other than radio waves, e.g. light, infra-
cable and having means for facilitating red . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
H04L 09/00 - Arrangements for secret or
electrical connection to some other secure communication . . . . . . . . . . 106
wire, terminal, or conductive member, H04L 09/32 - including means for verifying
blocks of binding posts . . . . . . . . . . 94
the identity or authority of a user of the
H01R 24/00 - Two-part coupling devices, system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
or either of their cooperating parts, H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements . . . 109
characterised by their overall structure . 96 H04M 01/00 - Substation equipment, e.g. for
use by subscribers . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
H02 - apparatus for conversion between ac and H04N 05/222 - Studio circuitry . . . . . . . . 110
ac, between ac and dc, or between dc and H04N 05/225 - Television cameras . . . . . . 111
dc, and for use with mains or similar power H04N 07/00 - Television systems . . . . . . . 111
supply systems 97 H04W 04/00 - Services or facilities specially
H02M 01/00 - Details of apparatus for adapted for wireless communication
conversion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

H03 - Coding, decoding or code conversion, in H05 - Printed circuits 113


general 97 H05K 07/00 - Constructional details common
to different types of electric apparatus . 113
H03M 07/30 - Compression . . . . . . . . . . 97
H03M 07/40 - Conversion to or from variable Patent Index 114
length codes, e.g. Shannon-Fano code,
Huffman code, Morse code . . . . . . . 98 IPC Catchword Index 115

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B32B 37/00

B32B 37/00: layered products, i.e. products built-up of strata of flat or


non-flat, e.g. cellular or honeycomb, form Ü Methods or apparatus for
laminating, e.g. by curing or by ultrasonic bonding
App. No. 20100079970 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Ultrasonic bonding of discrete plastic parts to metal
Abstract Electronic devices and other apparatuses that include plastic parts ultrasonically bonded to metal
parts are disclosed. A first component or part includes a metallic surface region having a surface
roughness with one or more surface irregularities. A second component or part formed from a
plastic material that can include an energy director is attached to the metallic surface region via an
ultrasonic bond, such that a portion of the plastic material is melted or otherwise formed into the
surface irregularities to attach the two components or parts together. The parts can be housings,
internal components or other items. The surface irregularities can be formed as a result of a
chemical etching process, a machining process, or a combination thereof, and can result in the
creation of undercuts or cavities in the metallic surface region.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20081222 Pub. Date 20100401

App. No. 20100079970 Assignee APPLE INC.


Title Ultrasonic bonding of discrete plastic parts to metal
Abstract Electronic devices and other apparatuses that include plastic parts ultrasonically bonded to metal
parts are disclosed. A first component or part includes a metallic surface region having a surface
roughness with one or more surface irregularities. A second component or part formed from a
plastic material that can include an energy director is attached to the metallic surface region via an
ultrasonic bond, such that a portion of the plastic material is melted or otherwise formed into the
surface irregularities to attach the two components or parts together. The parts can be housings,
internal components or other items. The surface irregularities can be formed as a result of a
chemical etching process, a machining process, or a combination thereof, and can result in the
creation of undercuts or cavities in the metallic surface region.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20081222 Pub. Date 20100401

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B44C 01/22

B44C 01/22: Producing decorative effects Ü Processes, not specifically


provided for elsewhere, for producing decorative surface effects Ü Removing
surface- material, e.g. by engraving, by etching
App. No. 20100079404 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Movable track pad with added functionality
Abstract An input device is disclosed. The input device includes a movable touch-sensitive track pad
capable of detecting an object in close proximity thereto so as to generate a tracking control
signal. The input device also includes a movement indicator capable of detecting the movements
of the movable track pad so as to generate one or more other control signals (e.g., button signals).
The control signals can be used to perform actions in an electronic device operatively coupled to
the input device.
Pri. Date 20080926 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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B44C 01/22

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G01C 21/00

G01C 21/00: Measuring distances, levels or bearings Ü Navigation


App. No. 20100082445 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Smart menu options
Abstract Systems and methods are provided that allow for a portable electronic device to provide smart
menus to a user based on a context of a transaction. Specifically, the method of using a portable
electronic device may include opening a near field communication (NFC) channel with a point-
of-purchase device and providing a smart menu based on a determined context. The portable
electronic device may be configured to determine the context based at least in part upon acquiring
sales transaction information for the point-of-purchase device. Additionally, the portable electronic
device may be configured to determine the context based at least in part upon acquiring vendor
identification information.
Pri. Date 20090623 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G01C 21/00

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G02B 05/22

G01J 05/02: Measurement of intensity, velocity, spectral content, polarisation,


phase or pulse characteristics of infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light Ü
Radiation pyrometry Ü Details
App. No. 20100078562 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Hidden sensors in an electronic device
Abstract An electronic device having one or more sensors is provided. The sensors may include any
suitable type of sensor, including for example a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor, or
any other suitable type of sensor that emits or receives radiation (e.g., light waves) from the
environment. The electronic device may include openings through which radiation may reach the
sensors while keeping the sensors hidden from view. In some embodiments, the sensors may
be placed underneath an opening used for an audio receiver such that radiation is piped to the
sensors using a light path or a chamfered surface along the opening. In some embodiments,
the sensors may be embedded in a screen such that the radiation emitted by the sensors exits
the screen instead of being reflected on the screen (e.g., to provide content displays). In some
embodiments, the sensors may be placed along the periphery of the display, such that access to
the sensors is provided via discontinuities in a gasket used to couple the display to the electronic
device.
Pri. Date 20060908 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G05B 23/02

G02B 05/22: Optical elements, systems, or apparatus Ü Optical elements


other than lenses Ü Filters Ü Absorbing filters
App. No. 20100079884 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Dichroic aperture for electronic imaging device
Abstract A dichroic filter that for use with an electronic imaging device, such as a camera. The dichroic
filter is located in the main imaging lens, and may permit all light to pass through a first portion
and be measured by a photosensor, while restricting at least some portions of visible light from
passing through a second portion thereof. In this manner, only the non-restricted portions of
visible light passing through the second portion may be measured by the associated pixels of the
photosensor. The filter may be formed from a first aperture permitting a first set of wavelengths
to pass therethrough and a second aperture adjacent the first aperture, the second aperture
permitting only a subset of the first set of wavelengths to pass therethrough. The second aperture
may be a dichroic mirror or it may be an optical filter of some other type.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080926 Pub. Date 20100401

G05B 23/02: Control or regulating systems in general Ü Testing or


monitoring of control systems or parts thereof Ü Electric testing or
monitoring
App. No. 20100082136 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title System and method for placeshifting media playback
Abstract Systems and methods of placeshifting media playback between two or more devices are provided.
For example, a method for placeshifting media may include sending a first message from a media-
receiving electronic device to a media-playing electronic device playing a media file and receiving
a response identifying the media file and a point at which the media file was being played when
the first message was received. The media-receiving electronic device may play a copy of the
media file at the point where the media-playing electronic device left off.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G05B 23/02

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G05B 23/02

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G05F 03/08

G05F 03/08: Systems for regulating electric or magnetic variables Ü


Non-retroactive systems for regulating electric variables by using an
uncontrolled element, or an uncontrolled combination of elements, such
element or such combination having self-regulating properties Ü Regulating
voltage or current Ü wherein the variable is dc
App. No. 20100079128 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Low noise external enable switcher control signal using on-chip switcher
Abstract A method and system is disclosed for powering device sub-circuitry of an electronic device. The
sub-circuitry may be used to provide control signals to a direct current switcher on a main system
board, thus eliminating passive circuitry typically associated with the sub-circuitry. Furthermore,
by actively generating the control signals for the direct current switcher, explicit timing control
circuitry is not required to synchronize the transmitted power to the sub-circuitry.
Pri. Date 20090218 App. Date 20090324 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 01/08

G06F 01/08: Electric digital data processing Ü Details not covered by


groups and Ü Generating or distributing clock signals or signals derived
directly therefrom Ü Clock generators with changeable or programmable
clock frequency
App. No. 20100083023 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Negotiation between multiple processing units for switch mitigation
Abstract A method for maintaining data and clock line synchronization, which may include a clock line that
may be driven high after a clock line falling edge to mitigate a clock error. Additionally, the clock
error may be mitigated by maintaining a saturated state of a device. Furthermore, a register may
be connected to a microcontroller and/or a graphical processing unit to negotiate control of a
switch and a bus.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080926 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 03/00

App. No. 20100083026 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Inter-processor communication channel including power-down functionality
Abstract Apparatuses and methods are disclosed for implementing an inter-processor communication
channel including power-down functionality. In one embodiment, the apparatus may comprise
a first integrated circuit (IC), a second IC coupled to the first IC via a communication interface,
wherein the first IC is in one or more low power states and unable to monitor the communication
interface. The apparatus may further comprise an inter-processor communication (IPC) channel
coupled between the first and second ICs, wherein the IPC channel is separate from the
communication interface and wherein the second IC generates at least one advisory signal to
the first IC via the IPC channel.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080926 Pub. Date 20100401

G06F 03/00: Electric digital data processing Ü Input arrangements for


transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled
by the computer
App. No. 20100083114 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Zoom indication for stabilizing unstable video clips
Abstract A computer-implemented method for zoom indication for stabilizing unstable video clips is
described. To indicate zoom, a zoom value associated with an unstable segment of a video
clip is received. The zoom value represents a value by which frames of the video clip in the
unstable segment need to be zoomed to stabilize the unstable segment. An indicia is displayed
representing the zoom value in a thumbnail in a user interface. The thumbnail represents the
video clip. The indicia displayed over a region in the thumbnail corresponding to the unstable
segment in the video clip.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20090424 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 03/033

G06F 03/033: Electric digital data processing Ü Input arrangements for


transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled
by the computer Ü Input arrangements or combined input and output
arrangements for interaction between user and computer Ü Arrangements
for converting the position or the displacement of a member into a
coded form Ü Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user,
e.g. mice, trackballs, pens or joysticks
App. No. 20100083188 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Computer user interface system and methods
Abstract Systems and methods may provide user control of a computer system via one or more sensors.
Also, systems and methods may provide automated response of a computer system to information
acquired via one or more sensors. The sensor(s) may be configured to measure distance, depth
proximity and/or presence. In particular, the sensor(s) may be configured to measure a relative
location, distance, presence, movements and/or gestures of one or more users of the computer
system. Thus, the systems and methods may provide a computer user interface based on
measurements of distance, depth, proximity, presence and/or movements by one or more sensors.
For example, various contexts and/or operations of the computer system, at the operating system
level and/or the application level, may be controlled, automatically and/or at a user’s direction,
based on information acquired by the sensor(s).
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080926 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 03/045

G06F 03/041: Electric digital data processing Ü Input arrangements for


transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled
by the computer Ü Input arrangements or combined input and output
arrangements for interaction between user and computer Ü Arrangements
for converting the position or the displacement of a member into a
coded form Ü Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised
by the transducing means
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100079404 page 6

G06F 03/045:
App. No. 20100079402 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Touch detection for touch input devices
Abstract Methods and apparatus for correcting electrical noise coupling from a liquid crystal module to
a plurality of sense elements disposed within a touch sensor panel, and for reducing errors in
touch detection algorithms. Erroneous signal values detected by the sense elements may be
corrected by utilizing a set of reference elements for detecting noise common to both the sense
elements and the reference elements, and a correction module for effectively subtracting out the
noise from the sensed values. Errors in touch detection algorithms may be reduced by providing a
more uniform spacing between successive sense elements. In some embodiments, one or more
dummy ground elements may be inserted between adjacent sense elements in order to reduce
signal interference.
Pri. Date 20080926 App. Date 20080926 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 03/048

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100079404 page 6

G06F 03/048: Electric digital data processing Ü Input arrangements for


transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled
by the computer Ü Input arrangements or combined input and output
arrangements for interaction between user and computer Ü Interaction
techniques for graphical user interfaces, e.g. interaction with windows,
icons or menus
App. No. 20100083144 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title System and method for scaling up an image of an article displayed on a sales promotion web
page
Abstract Method and arrangement for scale-up of an image of an article displayed on a sales promotion
web page is disclosed. The method includes displaying an image of an article on a sales
promotion web page in a first scale. The method then includes, based on cursor-selection of
the displayed image, enlarging the scale of the image to a second larger scale on the same web
page.
Pri. Date 20081015 App. Date 20080929 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 03/048

App. No. 20100083151 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Natural language based filtering
Abstract Natural language based filtering is disclosed. In some embodiments, a user interface for defining
one or more filters for a group of data allows one or more parameters associated with a filter
definition, including a filter condition, to at least in part be specified in natural language. In some
embodiments, a filter definition is specified at least in part by selecting one or more of a plurality of
pre-configured natural language expressions made available for selection via the user interface.
Pri. Date 20070329 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 03/048

App. No. 20100083158 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Feed for enhanced web browsing
Abstract User input is received to create a bookmark in a web browser for a non-feed Uniform Resource
Locator (URL). A web feed associated with the non-feed URL is determined. A subscription to
the web feed is automatically created. An indication of new web content is received from the web
feed. The bookmark for the non-feed URL is decorated to provide a visual indication of the new
web content.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

App. No. 20100083179 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Visual presentation of multiple internet pages
Abstract A novel method for graphically organizing and displaying multiple pages of internet content based
on how the page was accessed. Pages are determined to be indirectly accessed if they were
accessed via a hypertext link or a trail of hypertext links. Pages are determined to be directly
accessed if accessed via other means, such as a bookmark or via Uniform Resource Locator
(URL). Page groupings are created for each directly accessed page, and each indirectly accessed
page is categorized into a grouping associated with a directly accessed page containing a link
through which the indirectly accessed page was accessed. The web pages are presented to
the user in an interface that is a graphical representation of the page groupings, wherein a user
selects a page to view by first selecting the page’s page grouping and then selecting the page.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 13/28

App. No. 20100083184 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Selective grouping and manipulation of chart components
Abstract Selective grouping and manipulation of chart components is disclosed. In some embodiments,
exploding chart components comprises receiving an indication of a selection of an option
to explode a subset of chart components as a single unit and exploding the subset of
chart components as a single unit, wherein a relative spacing and positioning between chart
components in the subset is preserved when the subset is exploded as a single unit.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 13/42

G06F 13/28: Electric digital data processing Ü Interconnection of, or


transfer of information or other signals between, memories, input/output
devices or central processing units Ü Handling requests for interconnection
or transfer Ü for access to input/output bus Ü using burst mode transfer,
e.g. direct memory access, cycle steal
App. No. 20100082849 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Data filtering using central dma mechanism
Abstract A method and system is disclosed for passing data processed by a DMA controller through a
transmission filter. The method includes the DMA controller accessing data for transfer between
an origination location in the system and a destination location in the system. The accessed
data is passed through the DMA controller before being sent to the destination location. While
the data is being passed through the DMA controller, it is passed through a transmission filter for
processing. This processing may include the addition or removal of transmission protocol headers
and footers, and determination of the destination of the data. This processing may also include
hash-based packet classification and checksum generation and checking. Upon completion of the
processing, the data is sent directly to a prescribed destination location, typically either a memory
circuit or an I/O device.
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G06F 13/42: Electric digital data processing Ü Interconnection of, or


transfer of information or other signals between, memories, input/output
devices or central processing units Ü Information transfer, e.g. on bus
Ü Bus transfer protocol, e.g. handshake
App. No. 20100082859 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Displayport i2c speed control
Abstract Circuits, methods, and apparatus that allow a DisplayPort compatible host device to control data
transactions over an I
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G06F 15/16

G06F 15/16: Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computers in


general Ü Combinations of two or more digital computers each having
at least an arithmetic unit, a programme unit and a register, e.g. for a
simultaneous processing of several programmes
App. No. 20100082680 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Methods and systems for providing easy access to information and for sharing services
Abstract Methods and systems for providing easy access to information and sharing are provided.
Embodiments of the present invention enable a host to grant access to published content to one
or more users in a manner in which the user(s) can scan small portions of information to decide
which information is desired. The embodiments described herein enable, for example, a user to
see a library of content that is larger than the storage capacity of the computing unit used by
the user. The sharing of information is also secured through the use of auto-lock keys and the
creation of abstract identities for the host and each user.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 15/16

App. No. 20100082731 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Collaborative playlist management
Abstract Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for collaboratively managing a
playlist of media items including a communications interface. The communications interface may
be configured to receive a user feedback from each of a plurality of portable media devices and
may include a processor configured to generate an updated playlist based on the user feedback,
The user feedback may be related to a queued media item in a playlist.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080926 Pub. Date 20100401

App. No. 20100082732 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Trickle sync protocol
Abstract Among other things, techniques and systems are disclosed for providing trickle syncing. In one
aspect, a system includes a data repository to store one or more data records and a server in
communication with the data repository. The server is designed to access the data repository in
response to a user request to perform at least one of the following access the one or more data
records, add a data record, and modify the one or more data records. The system also includes
a client application in communication with the server. The client application is designed to receive
the user request through a client process; encapsulate a protocol that provides communications
between the client process and the server; and forward the received user request to the server
using the encapsulated protocol.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080929 Pub. Date 20100401

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App. No. 20100082821 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Device-to-device workflows
Abstract Systems, methods, and devices are provided for performing a workflow with two or more electronic
devices. Embodiments include an initiator electronic device that may function to control the
workflow and send instructions for executing the workflow to a target electronic device. The
initiator device may generate instructions for the workflow based on properties received from the
target device. The instructions generated by the initiator may allow both devices to accomplish a
shared goal, such as exchanging contact information. In some embodiments, the initiator device
may include a graphical user interface for creating workflows, downloading workflows from a web
service, and entering preferences governing the performance of the workflows.
Pri. Date 20081001 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

App. No. 20100083351 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Access control to content published by a host
Abstract Methods and systems for providing easy access to information and sharing are provided.
Embodiments of the present invention enable a host to grant access to published content to one
or more users in a manner in which the user(s) can scan small portions of information to decide
which information is desired. The embodiments described herein enable, for example, a user to
see a library of content that is larger than the storage capacity of the computing unit used by
the user. The sharing of information is also secured through the use of auto-lock keys and the
creation of abstract identities for the host and each user.
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G06F 15/177

G06F 15/177: Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computers in


general Ü Combinations of two or more digital computers each having
at least an arithmetic unit, a programme unit and a register, e.g. for
a simultaneous processing of several programmes Ü Initialisation or
configuration control
App. No. 20100082784 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title System and method for simplified resource sharing
Abstract Systems, methods, and devices for simplified resource-sharing with electronic devices are
provided. For example, a method for using at least one resource of a variety of electronic devices
from another electronic device may include receiving resource-sharing information associated
with a resource-sharing electronic device via near field communication, determining a resource-
sharing scheme for using the resources of the resource-sharing electronic device based on the
resource-sharing information, and sharing at least one resource of the resource-sharing electronic
device using the determined resource-sharing scheme. The resource-sharing information may be
received from a near field communication interface of the resource-sharing electronic device or
from a radio frequency identification tag associated with the resource-sharing electronic device.
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G06F 15/177

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G06F 17/00

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G06F 17/00

G06F 17/00: Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computing or


data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific
functions
App. No. 20100081505 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Accessory for playing games with a portable electronic device
Abstract Circuits, methods, and apparatus that provide user interfaces for playing games on portable
electronic devices. One example provides a game accessory having input controls for playing
video, audio, and other types of games. The game accessory can have input controls, such as
buttons, joysticks, and D-pads. Another example provides a game accessory having a thumb
pad or keyboard. Other possible features include microphones, cameras and camera lenses,
speakers, a second screen, rumble, and motion detection. The game accessory may have a
recess sized to fit the portable electronic device. Inserts or removable adapters can be used to
fit portable electronic devices having different sizes. The portable electronic device can be held
in the accessory using sliding covers, clips, or other engaging members. In other examples, the
accessory can communicate with another accessory for head-to-head game play. The accessory
may include circuitry for power, identification, and authorization.
Pri. Date 20081001 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 17/00

App. No. 20100083079 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Formula display and search
Abstract In some embodiments, a spreadsheet application provides an option for collectively displaying
the formulas associated with a set of cells in a separate view. In some embodiments, the view
provides an option to search within the formulas (and/or other content) provided by the view. In
some embodiments, a find and replace user interface of a spreadsheet application includes an
option to search only in formulas.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

App. No. 20100083080 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Whole table referencing
Abstract Whole table referencing without explicit cell ranges is disclosed. In some embodiments, an
identifier associated with a table may be employed as a table reference that refers to at least all
body cells of the table. In some embodiments, such an identifier remains a valid table reference
that refers to at least all body cells of the table through table size variations.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

App. No. 20100083081 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Multi-level naming of grouped data
Abstract Multi-level naming of grouped data is disclosed. In some embodiments, a specification of a
plurality of levels of headers with respect to at least one dimension of a group of cells is received,
and header cell values of header cells comprising the plurality of levels of headers are enabled to
refer to one or more associated cells in the group of cells.
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G06F 17/00

App. No. 20100083082 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Locking spreadsheet cells
Abstract In some embodiments, an option to lock one or more associated cells is provided with respect to
each different group of cells in a single sheet of a spreadsheet application. One or more locked
cells of a group of cells do not scroll out of view at least while a portion of the group of cells is
viewable in a given display view.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 17/00

App. No. 20100083086 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Providing spreadsheet features
Abstract Heuristic based feature degradation and/or restoration is disclosed. In some embodiments,
providing a feature with respect to a set of cells includes determining that a degradation threshold
associated with the feature is satisfied with respect to the set of cells and at least partially
degrading the feature for the set of cells.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 17/00

App. No. 20100083087 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Rendering common cell formatting for adjacent cells
Abstract Rendering common cell formatting for adjacent cells is disclosed. In some embodiments, when
rendering cells, a set of adjacent cells that have at least one type of cell formatting in common
is identified, and the at least one type of cell formatting is rendered as a single entity rather than
individually for each cell in the set to prevent visual artifacts between adjacent cells from arising.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080929 Pub. Date 20100401

App. No. 20100083088 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Defining custom formats
Abstract Defining custom cell formats is disclosed. In some embodiments, in response to receiving an
indication of a selection of an option to define a custom cell format, a user interface to define the
custom cell format is provided, wherein a format element in a definition of the custom cell format
in the user interface is represented as a format element token.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 17/00

App. No. 20100083089 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Token representation of references and function arguments
Abstract A token representation of references and function arguments is disclosed. In some embodiments,
an indication that a formula is being entered into a cell is received, and references and/or function
arguments in the formula, if any, are represented as tokens. Each token comprises an atomic
user interface object. In various embodiments, references are rendered as reference tokens and
function arguments are rendered as argument tokens and/or mode tokens.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

App. No. 20100083090 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Context sensitive computations
Abstract Context sensitive computations in a spreadsheet application are disclosed. In some
embodiments, semantics with respect to various spreadsheet operations are specified for each
of a plurality of number formats in a spreadsheet application. The semantics associated with a
particular number format specify behavior for values of that number format with respect to various
spreadsheet operations.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

App. No. 20100083091 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Dynamic text escaping
Abstract In some embodiments, text that includes one or more prescribed characters is represented on a
pasteboard in a plurality of representations, including an escaped representation that escapes the
one or more prescribed characters so that a format of the text can be preserved when the text is
pasted into a cell of a spreadsheet application that does not natively support inclusion of the one
or more prescribed characters in cell content.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 17/00

App. No. 20100083096 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Visualizing content positioning within a document using layers
Abstract It can be difficult to predict what the layout of a document will be if the document contains
several content elements, some of which are associated with different positioning schemes. In
one embodiment, elements are shown in different layers based on their positioning schemes.
For example, a first layer includes elements that are associated with non-overlapping positioning
schemes, and a second layer includes elements that are associated with overlapping positioning
schemes. When the document is viewed from above, the layers x201c;collapsex201d; onto
each other, and the document appears to have a conventional (two-dimensional) page rendering.
However, when the document is viewed from an angle, the layers appear separately in three-
dimensional space, similar to an exploded view. The separate layers reveal the positioning
schemes of the various elements and the layout interactions between those elements. This
visualization technique helps a user understand how various elements are positioned within the
document.
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G06F 17/20

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G06F 17/20: Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computing or


data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific
functions Ü Handling natural language data
App. No. 20100082328 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Systems and methods for speech preprocessing in text to speech synthesis
Abstract Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may
be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may
be normalized and its native language determined for obtaining a target phoneme for providing
human-sounding speech in a language (e.g., dialect or accent) that is familiar to a user. The
algorithms may be implemented on a system including several dedicated render engines. The
system may be part of a back end coupled to a front end including storage for media assets and
associated synthesized speech, and a request processor for receiving and processing requests
that result in providing the synthesized speech. The front end may communicate media assets
and associated synthesized speech content over a network to host devices coupled to portable
electronic devices on which the media assets and synthesized speech are played back.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080929 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 17/20

App. No. 20100082329 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Systems and methods of detecting language and natural language strings for text to speech
synthesis
Abstract Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may
be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may
be normalized and its native language determined for obtaining a target phoneme for providing
human-sounding speech in a language (e.g., dialect or accent) that is familiar to a user. The
algorithms may be implemented on a system including several dedicated render engines. The
system may be part of a back end coupled to a front end including storage for media assets and
associated synthesized speech, and a request processor for receiving and processing requests
that result in providing the synthesized speech. The front end may communicate media assets
and associated synthesized speech content over a network to host devices coupled to portable
electronic devices on which the media assets and synthesized speech are played back.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080929 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 17/24

G06F 17/21: Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computing or


data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific
functions Ü Handling natural language data Ü Text processing
App. No. 20100083083 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Compressed table format
Abstract In some embodiments, the cell content portion of a table definition of a table of cells is specified in
a prescribed order such that cell positions do not have to be explicitly specified with cell definitions
in the cell content portion of the table definition. The cells of the table to which one or more entries
in the cell content portion correspond to are inferred from the prescribed order in which the entries
are specified.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 17/28

G06F 17/24: Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computing or


data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific
functions Ü Handling natural language data Ü Text processing Ü Editing,
e.g. insert/delete
App. No. 20100083092 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Dynamic schema creation
Abstract In a database application executing on a computer system, a database table view is represented
by a structured object located on a storage device coupled to the computer system. Responsive to
a user pasting content (e.g., spreadsheet data) onto the view of the table, the database application
determines if the content to be pasted extends beyond the number of rows (records in a database)
or columns (database fields) currently displayed in the table view. If the content extends beyond
the number of rows or columns currently displayed, the database application automatically adds
one or more records or fields to the structured object on the storage device, and updates the table
view to display one or more rows or columns corresponding to the records or fields added to the
structured object.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 17/30

G06F 17/28: Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computing or


data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific
functions Ü Handling natural language data Ü Processing or translating
of natural language
App. No. 20100082327 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Systems and methods for mapping phonemes for text to speech synthesis
Abstract Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may
be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may
be normalized and its native language determined for obtaining a target phoneme for providing
human-sounding speech in a language (e.g., dialect or accent) that is familiar to a user. The
algorithms may be implemented on a system including several dedicated render engines. The
system may be part of a back end coupled to a front end including storage for media assets and
associated synthesized speech, and a request processor for receiving and processing requests
that result in providing the synthesized speech. The front end may communicate media assets
and associated synthesized speech content over a network to host devices coupled to portable
electronic devices on which the media assets and synthesized speech are played back.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080929 Pub. Date 20100401

G06F 17/30: Electric digital data processing Ü Digital computing or


data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific
functions Ü Information retrieval
App. No. 20100082567 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title System and method for placeshifting media playback
Abstract Systems and methods of placeshifting media playback between two or more devices are provided.
For example, a method for placeshifting media may include downloading onto a first device an
index of files accessed or modified on a second device via a data storage server, at least one
of the files being a media file played on the second device. The first device may display a user
selectable list of the files on the first device before issuing a request for the media file to the data
storage server. The data storage server may send the media file to the first device from the data
storage server, and the first device may play back the media file where the second device left off.
Pri. Date 20080925 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 17/30

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G06F 17/30

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G06F 17/30

App. No. 20100082624 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title System and method for categorizing digital media according to calendar events
Abstract System and method for categorizing digital media based on correspondence between
characteristics of individual digital media items and characteristics associated with one or more
calendar events is disclosed. Data is acquired and processed for each of a plurality of digital media
items that is representative of characteristics of each of the respective digital media items. Further,
data is acquired and processed for each of a plurality of calendar events that is representative of
characteristics of each of the respective calendar events. Then, a group of digital media items
are related together based on matching characteristics of each digital media item in the group to
characteristics of a calendar event.
Pri. Date 20080926 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 21/00

App. No. 20100082670 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Multiple searching in a web browser interface
Abstract Input is received from a user that indicates a selection of a hierarchical group of websites from a
bookmark hierarchy in a web browser. In response, a modal dialog is opened to allow text input
from the user. Text input is received via the modal dialog. The text input is supplied to each of
the websites in the hierarchical group, causing each website in the group to produce a search
result for the text input. Each of the search results is presented substantially simultaneously in a
separate webpage associated with a respective website in the hierarchical group.
Pri. Date 20050525 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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20100082680 page 24 20100083092 page 41

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G06F 21/00

G06F 21/00: Electric digital data processing Ü Security arrangements


for protecting computers or computer systems against unauthorised
activity
App. No. 20100082448 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Media gifting devices and methods
Abstract Various techniques are provided for the gifting between multiple electronic devices of media
content provided by an online digital media provider. An offer and acceptance of a selected
gift file is accomplished between a gifter device and a receiving giftee device using a near-
field communication (NFC) connection. If a connection to the online provider is available, the
gifter device may transmit a gift request by which the gifter’s account is charged for the gift
file. Thereafter, a gift file created using DRM keys associated with the giftee’s account may be
downloaded to the giftee device. If a network connection is unavailable, the giftee device may
transfer a locked gift file and a corresponding gift license to the giftee device using a peer-to-
peer connection. The giftee device may authenticate the license and unlock the gift file once a
connection to the online provider is available.
Pri. Date 20090623 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06F 21/00

Apple - Week of 1 April 2010 USPTO Patent Applications 48


G06F 21/20

App. No. 20100083383 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Phishing shield
Abstract A mechanism for notifying a user of an internet browser that a requested web page is undesirable,
and for protecting the user from the web page by disabling it. An internet browser detects a load
request for a web page and retrieves the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for the webpage. The
internet browser displays the webpage associated with the URL and, upon determination that the
URL matches a URL from a list of undesirable URLs, alters the appearance of the webpage and
disables the web page from receiving input or taking action.
Pri. Date 20090319 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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20100082680 page 24 20100083351 page 26

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G06F 21/20

G06F 21/20: Electric digital data processing Ü Security arrangements


for protecting computers or computer systems against unauthorised
activity Ü by restricting access to nodes in a computer system or computer
network
App. No. 20100082490 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Systems and methods for secure wireless transactions
Abstract There is provided systems and methods for to conducting wireless transactions using portable
electronic devices. Specifically, for example, a method of conducting a wireless transaction is
provided that includes initiating a wireless transaction using a short range wireless communication
system of a portable electronic device. The method also includes obtaining security information
via at least one secondary system of the portable electronic device and utilizing the security
information obtained via the at least one secondary system to authenticate the portable electronic
device for the wireless transaction.
Pri. Date 20070316 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06K 05/00

G06K 05/00: Recognition of data Ü Methods or arrangements for verifying


the correctness of markings on a record carrier
App. No. 20100078474 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Custom content gift cards
Abstract There is provided a customized gift card and methods for customizing the gift card with buyer-
selected downloadable content. A buyer may associate pre-purchased downloadable content
with a gift card such that the card is x201c;preloadedx201d; for a recipient. The recipient may
then redeem the customized gift card and download or access the pre-purchased content. The
customized gift card may also include a buyer-selected image and/or personalized message on
the face of the card. Alternatively, the customized gift card may have a generic design. Various
methods are provided for producing the cards and selecting the downloadable content, including
purchasing the card online and having it delivered; buying a generic card and associating content
with it online; and purchasing and preloading the card at a dispenser, or kiosk.
Pri. Date 20080925 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06K 05/00

App. No. 20100078475 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title System and method for transportation check-in
Abstract There is provided a method and system for transportation check-in (e.g., ticketing and
identification) via near field communication (NFC) using a handheld electronic device, such as
a cellular phone or a personal media player. The handheld device may store and transmit
travel reservations and traveler identifications using a travel management application. Various
methods may be employed to acquire the reservation and identification information on the
handheld device. For example, travel reservations may be made via the management application
or may be retrieved from an email, a website, another NFC-enabled device, or a carrier-
provided confirmation number. User identification may be acquired by scanning a radio frequency
identification tag embedded in a government-issued I.D. In another embodiment, an I.D. number
may be entered via the travel management application, and the user’s identification information
may be downloaded from the issuing authority.
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G06K 07/10

Apple - Week of 1 April 2010 USPTO Patent Applications 53


G06K 07/10

G06K 07/10: Recognition of data Ü Methods or arrangements for sensing


record carriers Ü by electromagnetic radiation, e.g. optical sensing
App. No. 20100082444 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Portable point of purchase user interfaces
Abstract Systems, methods, and devices for conducting sales transactions are provided. Embodiments
include handheld, portable, electronic, point of purchase devices configured to acquire
identification information from articles to be purchased, to determine a purchase price, and to
acquire payment information for the purchase price. The point of purchase devices may include
one or more input devices such as a near field communication device, a camera, a scanner,
and a biometric sensor for acquiring the identification information and/or the payment information.
In some embodiments, the near field communication device may be detachable from the point of
purchase device. The point of purchase devices also may contain communication interfaces, such
as a near field communication interface, a local area network interface, a short message service
interface, and a personal area network interface, for transmitting the information to an external
server.
Pri. Date 20090623 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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G06K 07/10

Apple - Week of 1 April 2010 USPTO Patent Applications 55


G06Q 10/00

G06K 09/00: Recognition of data Ü Methods or arrangements for reading


or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns,
e.g. fingerprints
App. No. 20100079449 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title System and method for rendering dynamic three-dimensional appearing imagery on a two-
dimensional user interface
Abstract System and method for rendering dynamic three-dimensional appearing imagery on a two-
dimensional user interface screen of a portable computing device in dependence on a user’s
view-point of the screen. The method includes processing, on a portable computing device, data
defining a plurality of user view-points of a user interface screen of the portable computing device.
The method next includes rendering a first image of a constructed scene on the user interface
screen based on a first determined user’s view-point of the user interface screen of the portable
computing device. The method then includes rendering a different image of the constructed
scene on the user interface screen based on a subsequently determined user’s view-point of
the user interface screen and thereby presenting the illusion of a three-dimensional image of the
constructed scene on the user interface screen.
Pri. Date 20080926 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

G06K 09/32: Recognition of data Ü Methods or arrangements for reading


or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns,
e.g. fingerprints Ü Image acquisition Ü Aligning or centering of the
image pick-up or image-field
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20100083144 page 19

G06K 15/00: Recognition of data Ü Arrangements for producing a permanent


visual presentation of the output data
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100082444 page 54

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G06Q 20/00

G06Q 10/00: Data processing systems or methods, specially adapted


for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or
forecasting purposes Ü Administration, e.g. office automation or reservations
App. No. 20100082353 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Reward system for managing a digital workflow
Abstract A system and method for allowing content providers to manage aspects of a distributor’s digital
workflow is disclosed. The system is effective to receive priority flags and associate the flags with
items submitted by the content provider making the priority designation. Those items flagged for
priority can be queued for priority processing. The total number of priority flags or requests can be
limited by the rate at which items can be processed. The limited nature of the priority requests can
make the priority flags valuable. The system and method can leverage that value to encourage
desired conduct by awarding priority flags to content providers that comply with a stated policy.
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G06Q 20/00

G06Q 20/00: Data processing systems or methods, specially adapted


for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or
forecasting purposes Ü Payment schemes, architectures or protocols
App. No. 20100082481 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Peer-to-peer financial transaction devices and methods
Abstract Various techniques are provided for carrying out peer-to-peer financial transactions using one or
more electronic devices. In one embodiment, a request for payment is transmitted from a first
device to a second device using a near field communication (NFC) interface. In response to the
request, the second device may transmit payment information to the first device. The first device
may select a crediting account and, using a suitable communication protocol, may communicate
the received payment information and selected crediting account to one or more external financial
servers configured to process and determine whether the payment may be authorized. If the
payment is authorized, a payment may be credited to the selected crediting account. In a
further embodiment, a device may include a camera configured to obtain an image of a payment
instrument. The device may further include an application to extract payment information from the
acquired image.
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G06Q 30/00: Data processing systems or methods, specially adapted


for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or
forecasting purposes Ü Commerce, e.g. marketing, shopping, billing,
auctions or e-commerce
App. No. 20100082447 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title On-the-go shopping list
Abstract Systems and methods for providing shopping-related information to a consumer are provided.
Embodiments of the system allow a consumer to create an electronic shopping list by scanning
products. In some embodiments, shopping-related information may be obtained for items in the
shopping list, such as pricing information, product quality, consumer ratings, and other information
that may help a consumer to make an informed purchasing decision. Other embodiments allow
a consumer to obtain and compare retail prices offered by several retailers for products in the
shopping list. Still other embodiments provide a store-wide network that allows a shopper to scan
items in the store, add the scanned items to a shopping list, and then check-out electronically.
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G06Q 30/00

App. No. 20100082455 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Real-time bargain hunting
Abstract Systems and methods for providing shopping-related information to a consumer are provided.
Embodiments of the system provide a consumer with shopping-related information, such as
pricing information, product quality, consumer ratings, and other information that may help a
consumer make an informed purchasing decision. Other embodiments allow a consumer to
obtain and compare retail prices offered by several retailers for a specified product. Still other
embodiments allow a seller to send targeted product information to a consumer who has indicated
an interest in purchasing a specific product.
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App. No. 20100082485 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Portable point of purchase devices and methods
Abstract Systems, methods, and devices for conducting sales transactions are provided. Embodiments
include handheld, portable, electronic, point of purchase devices configured to acquire
identification information from articles to be purchased, to determine a purchase price, and to
acquire payment information for the purchase price. The point of purchase devices may include
one or more input devices such as a near field communication device, a camera, a scanner,
and a biometric sensor for acquiring the identification information and/or the payment information.
In some embodiments, the near field communication device may be detachable from the point of
purchase device. The point of purchase devices also may contain communication interfaces, such
as a near field communication interface, a local area network interface, a short message service
interface, and a personal area network interface, for transmitting the information to an external
server.
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App. No. 20100082491 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title System and method for providing electronic event tickets
Abstract Systems, methods, and devices for providing and managing electronic event tickets are provided.
For example, a device for managing an electronic event ticket may include a processor configured
to run an electronic ticket management application, a memory device configured to store data
associated with the electronic ticket management application, an electronic display configured to
display at least a portion of the data associated with the electronic ticket management application,
and an input/output interface configured to receive an electronic ticket and the data associated
with the electronic ticket for management by the electronic ticket management application. The
electronic ticket management application may be configured to enable the electronic device to
gain entry to an event and to obtain at least one other event-related benefit after the electronic
ticket is received by the input/output interface.
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G06Q 40/00: Data processing systems or methods, specially adapted


for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or
forecasting purposes Ü Finance, e.g. banking, investment or tax processing
App. No. 20100078471 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title System and method for processing peer-to-peer financial transactions
Abstract Various techniques are provided for carrying out peer-to-peer financial transactions using one or
more electronic devices. In one embodiment, a request for payment is transmitted from a first
device to a second device using a near field communication (NFC) interface. In response to the
request, the second device may transmit payment information to the first device. The first device
may select a crediting account and, using a suitable communication protocol, may communicate
the received payment information and selected crediting account to one or more external financial
servers configured to process and determine whether the payment may be authorized. If the
payment is authorized, a payment may be credited to the selected crediting account. In a
further embodiment, a device may include a camera configured to obtain an image of a payment
instrument. The device may further include an application to extract payment information from the
acquired image.
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App. No. 20100078472 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Group peer-to-peer financial transactions
Abstract Various techniques are provided for carrying out peer-to-peer financial transactions using one or
more electronic devices. In one embodiment, a request for payment is transmitted from a first
device to a second device using a near field communication (NFC) interface. In response to the
request, the second device may transmit payment information to the first device. The first device
may select a crediting account and, using a suitable communication protocol, may communicate
the received payment information and selected crediting account to one or more external financial
servers configured to process and determine whether the payment may be authorized. If the
payment is authorized, a payment may be credited to the selected crediting account. In a
further embodiment, a device may include a camera configured to obtain an image of a payment
instrument. The device may further include an application to extract payment information from the
acquired image.
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G06Q 50/00: Data processing systems or methods, specially adapted


for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or
forecasting purposes Ü Systems or methods specially adapted for a
specific business sector, e.g. health care, utilities, tourism or legal
services
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100082448 page 47 20100082491 page 68

G06T 01/00: Image data processing or generation, in general Ü General


purpose image data processing
App. No. 20100079444 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Displayport sleep behavior
Abstract Circuits, methods, and apparatus that allow a host to determine the capabilities of a new display
that has replaced a previous display in a display system. In one example, a host determines
capabilities of a new display after the host exits a sleep state. After exiting the sleep state, the
host wakes an adapter. The adapter determines the presence of a display and sends a hot-plug
detect interrupt signal to the host. Following this, the host reads information stored in the display
and determines whether the adapter has been connected to a new display. If the adapter is
connected to a new display, the host reads capabilities such as supported resolutions and refresh
rates from the display and make adjustments to graphics output data as necessary.
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App. No. 20100079445 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Method for reducing graphics rendering failures
Abstract A method and electronic device employing the method of processing a frame of graphics for
display is provided that includes developing a frame in a first software frame processing stage
following a first vertical blanking (VBL) heartbeat, issuing a command indicating the first stage is
complete, and performing a final software frame processing stage without waiting for a subsequent
VBL heartbeat. The method may alternatively include performing the final software frame
processing stage regardless as to whether a target framebuffer is available, performing all but
final hardware frame processing stages regardless as to whether the target framebuffer is in use,
and performing the final hardware processing stage if the target framebuffer is not in use.
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App. No. 20100079468 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Computer systems and methods with projected display
Abstract Computer systems and methods may provide a projection display as a primary visual output.
In particular, a computer system may include an integrated projector output. Such a computer
system may be substantially or even entirely externally wire-free. Methods of image processing
may involve a computer system with an integrated projector output. Such methods may involve
using raw presentation data for image processing, including adjustment and/or correction for
brightness, color and/or geometry artifacts generated from aspects of the projection surface (such
as geometry, texture, color or the like), the surroundings (such as ambient light), the relation of
the computer system (or integrated projector output) to the projection surface (such as distance,
orientation or the like), and/or the relation of a user/viewer to the projection surface (such as
viewing angle, distance or the like).
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G06T 15/20: Image data processing or generation, in general Ü Three


dimensional (3D) image rendering, e.g. from a model to a bit-mapped
image Ü Geometric effects Ü Perspective computation
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G08B 06/00: Signalling or calling systems Ü Tactile signalling systems,


e.g. personal calling systems
App. No. 20100079264 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Haptic feedback system
Abstract Localized haptic feedback at discrete locations or regions of a surface is disclosed. Controllable
haptic transmission nodes can be selectively controlled to transmit a haptic feedback signal to
a surface. The nodes can be controlled between a first state that transmits the haptic feedback
signal to the surface and a second state that dampens or prevents the haptic feedback signal to
the surface. The nodes can be located around the perimeter of the surface, where each node can
be associated with a particular location or region of the surface and can provide haptic feedback
to that particular location or region when the node is selected. A touch surface of a touch sensitive
device is an exemplary surface for using localized haptic feedback.
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G09G 05/00: Arrangements or circuits for control of indicating devices


using static means to present variable information Ü Control arrangements
or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators
and other visual indicators
App. No. 20100079356 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Head-mounted display apparatus for retaining a portable electronic device with display
Abstract Head-mounted display systems and methods of operation that allow users to couple and decouple
a portable electronic device such as a handheld portable electronic device with a separate head-
mounted device (e.g., temporarily integrates the separate devices into a single unit) are disclosed.
The portable electronic may be physically coupled to the head-mounted device such that the
portable electronic device can be worn on the user’s head. The portable electronic device may
be operatively coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device and
head mounted device can communicate and operate with one another. Each device may be
allowed to extend its features and/or services to the other device for the purpose of enhancing,
increasing and/or eliminating redundant functions between the head-mounted device and the
portable electronic device.
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G09G 05/00

App. No. 20100079426 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Spatial ambient light profiling
Abstract A method for applying user experience effects to a displayed image. The method may sample
data from sensors and create a profile based on the sampled data. The method may use the
profile to alter the displayed image to reflect the environment of a computing system.
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G09G 05/02

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G09G 05/36

G09G 05/02: Arrangements or circuits for control of indicating devices


using static means to present variable information Ü Control arrangements
or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators
and other visual indicators Ü characterised by the way in which colour
is displayed
App. No. 20100079509 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Power savings technique for lcd using increased frame inversion rate
Abstract A method and system is disclosed for minimizing parasitic losses associated with a liquid crystal
display (LCD) of a device. A frame buffer may be used in conjunction with a driver circuitry
integrated circuit. The frame buffer may store a set of display values for the LCD so that the display
values corresponding to a plurality of frames may be transmitted together from a processor in a
burst. Once the values are transmitted, the processor may idle or hibernate. Alternatively, only the
changes to an image may be transmitted from the processor to the driver circuitry. The remaining
pixel values may be drawn based on values previously stored in the frame buffer. Furthermore,
the driver circuitry may be used to step up the received display rate values to a level that allows
for inversion of the polarity of pixels in the LCD using frame inversion.
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G10L 13/00

G09G 05/36: Arrangements or circuits for control of indicating devices


using static means to present variable information Ü Control arrangements
or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators
and other visual indicators Ü characterised by the display of individual
graphic patterns using a bit-mapped memory
App. No. 20100079475 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Displayport control and data registers
Abstract Circuits, methods, and apparatus for registers to store information that may be used by devices in
a display system. One example provides control and data registers in a display to store information
pertaining to a display system that includes the display. The registers can store attributes of the
display, a host device, and a branch device. The information may include an organizationally
unique identifier, chip identification, major and minor chip revision information, and firmware major
and minor revision information.
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G10L 13/00: Speech analysis or synthesis Ü Speech synthesis


App. No. 20100082346 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Systems and methods for text to speech synthesis
Abstract Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may
be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may
be normalized and its native language determined for obtaining a target phoneme for providing
human-sounding speech in a language (e.g., dialect or accent) that is familiar to a user. The
algorithms may be implemented on a system including several dedicated render engines. The
system may be part of a back end coupled to a front end including storage for media assets and
associated synthesized speech, and a request processor for receiving and processing requests
that result in providing the synthesized speech. The front end may communicate media assets
and associated synthesized speech content over a network to host devices coupled to portable
electronic devices on which the media assets and synthesized speech are played back.
Pri. Date 20080930 App. Date 20080929 Pub. Date 20100401

G10L 13/08: Speech analysis or synthesis Ü Speech synthesis Ü Text


analysis or generation of parameters for speech synthesis out of text,
e.g. grapheme to phoneme translation, prosody generation or stress or
intonation determination
App. No. 20100082347 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Systems and methods for concatenation of words in text to speech synthesis
Abstract Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may
be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may
be normalized and its native language determined for obtaining a target phoneme for providing
human-sounding speech in a language (e.g., dialect or accent) that is familiar to a user. The
algorithms may be implemented on a system including several dedicated render engines. The
system may be part of a back end coupled to a front end including storage for media assets and
associated synthesized speech, and a request processor for receiving and processing requests
that result in providing the synthesized speech. The front end may communicate media assets
and associated synthesized speech content over a network to host devices coupled to portable
electronic devices on which the media assets and synthesized speech are played back.
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G10L 13/08

App. No. 20100082348 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Systems and methods for text normalization for text to speech synthesis
Abstract Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may
be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may
be normalized and its native language determined for obtaining a target phoneme for providing
human-sounding speech in a language (e.g., dialect or accent) that is familiar to a user. The
algorithms may be implemented on a system including several dedicated render engines. The
system may be part of a back end coupled to a front end including storage for media assets and
associated synthesized speech, and a request processor for receiving and processing requests
that result in providing the synthesized speech. The front end may communicate media assets
and associated synthesized speech content over a network to host devices coupled to portable
electronic devices on which the media assets and synthesized speech are played back.
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G10L 13/08

App. No. 20100082349 Assignee Apple Inc.


Title Systems and methods for selective text to speech synthesis
Abstract Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may
be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may
be normalized and its native language determined for obtaining a target phoneme for providing
human-sounding speech in a language (e.g., dialect or accent) that is familiar to a user. The
algorithms may be implemented on a system including several dedicated render engines. The
system may be part of a back end coupled to a front end including storage for media assets and
associated synthesized speech, and a request processor for receiving and processing requests
that result in providing the synthesized speech. The front end may communicate media assets
and associated synthesized speech content over a network to host devices coupled to portable
electronic devices on which the media assets and synthesized speech are played back.
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G10L 21/00: Speech analysis or synthesis Ü Processing of the speech


signal to produce another audible or non-audible signal, e.g. visual or
tactile, in order to modify its quality or its intelligibility
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H01L 21/58:
App. No. 20100081229 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Method of assembling integrated circuit components
Abstract The disclosure identified as methods of mounting integrated circuits, including solar cells, to a
substrate wherein the circuits are mounted prior to being singulated into discrete die. Once
the semiconductor die sites or other circuits are formed on a wafer, the wafer will be attached,
either whole, or divided into one or more multi-die site wafer segments, to a substrate. This
attachment may be by conventional surface mount technology, for example. After such mounting,
the individual die sites on the wafer segments will be singulated to form discrete die already
mounted to the supporting substrate. The singulation may be preferably performed by laser dicing
of the wafer segments.
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H01L 31/18: Semiconductor devices Ü Semiconductor devices sensitive


to infra-red radiation, light, electromagnetic radiation of shorter wavelength,
or corpuscular radiation and specially adapted either for the conversion
of the energy of such radiation into electrical energy or for the control of
electrical energy by such radiation Ü Processes or apparatus specially
adapted for the manufacture or treatment of these devices or of parts
thereof
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H01R 11/00: Electrically-conductive connections Ü Individual connecting


elements providing two or more spaced connecting locations for conductive
members which are, or may be, thereby interconnected, e.g. end pieces
for wires or cables supported by the wire or cable and having means
for facilitating electrical connection to some other wire, terminal, or
conductive member, blocks of binding posts
App. No. 20100080563 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Magnetic connector with optical signal path
Abstract Circuits, apparatus, and methods that provide a connector system that can supply both power and
data to a mobile computing or other type of device using a single connection. Further examples
also provide a power and data adapter that can provide power and data to a mobile computing
device using a single cable. Further examples provide an easy disengagement when a cable
connected to the connector is pulled. One such example provides a magnetic connector that
uncouples without binding when its cord is pulled. Another example prevents power from being
provided at a connector insert until the connector insert is placed in a connector receptacle.
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H01R 24/00

H01R 24/00: Electrically-conductive connections Ü Two-part coupling


devices, or either of their cooperating parts, characterised by their overall
structure
App. No. 20100081337 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Adapter
Abstract Circuits, methods, and apparatus that provide compatibility among incompatible accessories and
portable media players. One example provides an adapter having a connector receptacle to mate
with an accessory’s connector insert and a connector insert to mate with a portable media player’s
connector receptacle. Another example provides an adapter having a direct connection between
pins on the connector insert and pins on the connector receptacle that are used for compatible
signals. Another example provides an adapter including a DC-to-DC converter that receives a first
power supply from an accessory and provides a second power supply to a portable media player.
Another translates signals using different signaling technologies. Authentication and identification
circuitry may also be included. Other examples may employ wireless technologies instead of
either or both the connector insert and connector receptacle.
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H03M 07/30

H02M 01/00: apparatus for conversion between ac and ac, between ac


and dc, or between dc and dc, and for use with mains or similar power
supply systems Ü Details of apparatus for conversion
App. No. 20100080025 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Power supply with zero power consumption capability
Abstract Power supply devices are provided that can include power regulating circuitry for regulating (e.g.,
transforming or converting) electric power to be passed to an electronic device. A power supply
device can also include control circuitry coupled with the regulating circuitry. The control circuitry
can determine when the power supply device is coupled with an electronic device. The control
circuitry can control the operation of the regulating circuitry based on whether or not the power
supply device is coupled with the electronic device.
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H03M 07/30: Coding, decoding or code conversion, in general Ü Conversion


of a code where information is represented by a given sequence or
number of digits to a code where the same information is represented
by a different sequence or number of digits Ü Compression
App. No. 20100079313 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Method and apparatus for compressing and decompressing data
Abstract The described embodiments include a system for performing data compression. The system
includes a compression mechanism with N channels, and an internal decompression mechanism
in the compression mechanism that accepts N channels of fixed-length packets. The compression
mechanism is configured to receive an input bit stream that includes a set of data words. In
response to receiving a request from the internal decompression mechanism identifying at least
one of the channels for which a fixed-length packet is to be appended to the output stream, the
system fills a fixed-length packet for the identified channel with compressed data words; appends
the fixed-length packet to the output stream; and forwards a copy of the fixed-length packet to
the internal decompression mechanism. The internal decompression mechanism decompresses
fixed-length packets for each of the channels to determine a next fixed-length packet to be
appended to the output stream.
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H04B 01/00

H03M 07/40: Coding, decoding or code conversion, in general Ü Conversion


of a code where information is represented by a given sequence or
number of digits to a code where the same information is represented
by a different sequence or number of digits Ü Compression Ü Conversion
to or from variable length codes, e.g. Shannon-Fano code, Huffman
code, Morse code
App. No. 20100079314 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Method and apparatus for compressing and decompressing data
Abstract One embodiment of the present invention provides an apparatus for compressing data, comprising
a compression mechanism which includes N channels. During operation, the compression
mechanism receives a set of data words from an input bit-stream, compresses the data words into
a set of variable-length words, and stores an I-th variable-length word in the set of variable-length
words into a fixed-packet for an I-th channel. Then, the compression mechanism assembles each
fixed-length packet into an output stream when the packet becomes full. Some other embodiments
of the present invention provide an apparatus for data decompression, comprising a parallel-
processing mechanism which includes N decompression mechanisms. During operation, each
decompression mechanism retrieves a fixed-length packet from a corresponding channel in an
input stream, retrieves and decompresses a set of variable-length words from the fixed-length
packet, and assembles the decompressed variable-length words into every N-th position of an
output stream beginning at an offset I corresponding to the channel.
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H04B 01/00

H04B 01/00: Transmission Ü Details of transmission systems, not covered


by a single one of groups
App. No. 20100081375 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title System and method for simplified control of electronic devices
Abstract Systems, methods, and devices for simplified control over electronic devices are provided. For
example, a method for controlling a variety of electronic devices using another single electronic
device may include receiving control information associated with a controllable electronic device
via near field communication, determining a control scheme for controlling the controllable
electronic device based on the control information, and controlling the controllable electronic
device using the determined control scheme. The control information may be received from a
near field communication interface of the controllable electronic device or from a radio frequency
identification tag associated with the controllable electronic device.
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H04B 01/00

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H04B 01/00

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H04B 01/00

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H04B 07/00

H04B 05/00: Transmission Ü Near-field transmission systems, e.g. inductive


loop type
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H04B 07/00

H04B 07/00: Transmission Ü Radio transmission systems, i.e. using


radiation field
App. No. 20100081385 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Peer-to-peer host station
Abstract A method and system is disclosed for allowing the sharing of one or more system resources
between multiple devices. In one embodiment, a requesting device transmits a resource access
request to a target device using a near-field communication (NFC) protocol. The target device
responds by using the NFC connection to return a listing of resources available for sharing to
the requesting device. The requesting device may select one or more of the available resources
and establish an appropriate connection to access the selected resource or resources. In one
embodiment, the requesting device may lack external network connectivity capabilities while the
target device includes wi-fi connectivity as a shared resource. Accordingly, the requesting device
may access external network of the target device via the target as a conduit.
Pri. Date 20080926 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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H04L 09/00

H04B 10/00: Transmission Ü Transmission systems employing beams


of corpuscular radiation, or electromagnetic waves other than radio
waves, e.g. light, infra-red
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100080563 page 94

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H04L 09/00

H04L 09/00: Transmission of digital information, e.g. telegraphic communication


Ü Arrangements for secret or secure communication
App. No. 20100082489 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title System and method for processing media gifts
Abstract Various techniques are provided for the gifting between multiple electronic devices of media
content provided by an online digital media provider. An offer and acceptance of a selected
gift file is accomplished between a gifter device and a receiving giftee device using a near-
field communication (NFC) connection. If a connection to the online provider is available, the
gifter device may transmit a gift request by which the gifter’s account is charged for the gift
file. Thereafter, a gift file created using DRM keys associated with the giftee’s account may be
downloaded to the giftee device. If a network connection is unavailable, the giftee device may
transfer a locked gift file and a corresponding gift license to the giftee device using a peer-to-
peer connection. The giftee device may authenticate the license and unlock the gift file once a
connection to the online provider is available.
Pri. Date 20070316 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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H04L 09/00

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H04L 12/26

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100082490 page 50

H04L 09/32: Transmission of digital information, e.g. telegraphic communication


Ü Arrangements for secret or secure communication Ü including means
for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100082481 page 58

H04L 12/26: Transmission of digital information, e.g. telegraphic communication


Ü Data switching networks Ü Details Ü Monitoring arrangements
App. No. 20100080142 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Automatic detection of channel bandwidth
Abstract A step-wise approach to automatically determining the bandwidth of a communication channel
includes dividing the channel’s potential bandwidth into a number of ranges. An initial range is then
selected and a series of data packets specific to the selected range are transmitted from a first
endpoint to a second endpoint, with the second endpoint determining one or more channel metrics
based on the transmitted packets (e.g., measured transmission rates). If the metrics indicate the
current range accurately reflects the channel’s bandwidth, a measured transmission rate of the
transmitted data packets is used as the channel’s bandwidth. Otherwise, another range is selected
and the process is repeated. The described approach rapidly determines channel bandwidth,
even when the channel between the two endpoints is asymmetric. Techniques described herein
are particularly beneficial when used in conjunction with multimedia conferencing applications.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20091211 Pub. Date 20100401

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H04N 05/222

H04M 01/00: Telephonic communication Ü Substation equipment, e.g.


for use by subscribers
App. No. 20100081487 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Multiple microphone switching and configuration
Abstract A mobile communications device contains at least two microphones. One microphone is
designated by a selector to provide a voice dominant signal and another microphone is designated
to provide a noise or echo dominant signal, for a call or a recording. The selector communicates
the designations to a switch that routes the selected microphone signals to the inputs of a
processor for voice signal enhancement. The selected voice dominant signal is then enhanced
by suppressing ambient noise or canceling echo therein, based on the selected noise or echo
dominant signal. The designation of microphones may change at any instant during the call or
recording depending on various factors, e.g. based on the quality of the microphone signals.
Other embodiments are also described.
Pri. Date 20061012 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100081385 page 105

H04N 05/222: Pictorial communication, e.g. television Ü Details of


television systems Ü Studio circuitry
App. No. 20100079653 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Portable computing system with a secondary image output
Abstract A system for image projection. The image projection system may include a portable computing
system, which includes at least a secondary image output and a camera. The image projection
system may correct images projected by the secondary image output for image distortion using
images captured by the camera and measurements provided by sensors.
Pri. Date 20090831 App. Date 20080926 Pub. Date 20100401

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H04N 07/00

H04N 05/225: Pictorial communication, e.g. television Ü Details of


television systems Ü Studio circuitry Ü Television cameras
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100082481 page 58

H04N 07/00: Pictorial communication, e.g. television Ü Television systems


App. No. 20100080532 Assignee APPLE INC.
Title Synchronizing video with audio beats
Abstract A computer-implemented method to synchronize video with beats in audio is described. Multiple
video frames and multiple audio frames are displayed in a first and second bounded region,
respectively, in a user interface. The multiple audio frames represent audio content that includes
a periodic beat that is audible when the audio content is played. Input is received to associate one
or more video frames with the multiple audio frames using a cursor. In response to the input, the
first video frame is synchronized with a beat audio frame in the multiple audio frames. In response
to a playback input, the first video frame is displayed in the user interface when the beat audio
frame is played.
Pri. Date 20080926 App. Date 20090921 Pub. Date 20100401

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H04W 04/00

H04W 04/00: Wireless communication networks Ü Services or facilities


specially adapted for wireless communication networks
App. No. 20100080201 Assignee Apple Inc.
Title Wi-fi broadcast of links
Abstract A method and system is disclosed for transmitting wide fidelity (Wi-Fi) signals to an electronic
device. These Wi-Fi signals may contain content specific links that may be relevant to the
surroundings of a user. The user may be able to select these links by interfacing with the electronic
device to view media content relevant to the user. The Wi-Fi signals may be transmitted from a
base station. The base station can be configured by an operator of the base station to transmit any
type of link deemed relevant to a user of the electronic device. Additionally, the base station may
be configured to transmit location information to the electronic device for use with a positioning
program in the device.
Pri. Date 20080929 App. Date 20080930 Pub. Date 20100401

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H05K 07/00

H05K 07/00: Printed circuits Ü Constructional details common to different


types of electric apparatus

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Patent Index

Patent Index
Patent Application Page Patent Application Page Patent Application Page
20100078471 72 20100078472 77 20100078474 51
20100078475 52 20100078562 10 20100079128 14
20100079264 84 20100079313 98 20100079314 99
20100079356 85 20100079402 18 20100079404 6
20100079426 86 20100079444 81 20100079445 82
20100079449 56 20100079468 83 20100079475 89
20100079509 88 20100079653 110 20100079884 11
20100079970 5 20100080025 97 20100080142 109
20100080201 112 20100080532 111 20100080563 94
20100081229 94 20100081337 96 20100081375 100
20100081385 105 20100081487 110 20100081505 31
20100082136 11 20100082327 42 20100082328 38
20100082329 39 20100082346 90 20100082347 90
20100082348 91 20100082349 92 20100082353 57
20100082444 54 20100082445 8 20100082447 62
20100082448 47 20100082455 64 20100082481 58
20100082485 65 20100082489 107 20100082490 50
20100082491 68 20100082567 42 20100082624 45
20100082670 46 20100082680 24 20100082731 25
20100082732 25 20100082784 27 20100082821 26
20100082849 23 20100082859 23 20100083023 15
20100083026 16 20100083079 32 20100083080 32
20100083081 32 20100083082 33 20100083083 40
20100083086 34 20100083087 35 20100083088 35
20100083089 36 20100083090 36 20100083091 36
20100083092 41 20100083096 37 20100083114 16
20100083144 19 20100083151 20 20100083158 21
20100083179 21 20100083184 22 20100083188 17
20100083351 26 20100083383 49

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IPC Catchword Index

IPC Catchword Index

Catch Word IPC Page


ACCOUNT(S) electric digital computers for accounting G06F 17/00 31
BANK(S) -accounting computers G06F 17/00 31
BLOCK(S) of associated electrical connections H01R 11/00 94
CALLING-ARRANGEMENTS in near-field transmission systems H04B 05/00 104
CAMERA(S) television CAMERA(S) H04N 05/225 111
CHARACTERS recognition of CHARACTERS G06K 09/00 56
COMPILING statistics G06 15
COMPUTER(S) G06 15
COMPUTER(S) multimedia applications G06F 17/00 31
CONTOURS following CONTOURS for character recognition G06K 09/00 56
COURSES measuring COURSES G01C 21/00 8
DATA processing G06 15
DATA digital DATA compression H03M 07/30 98
DECORATING B44 6
DIOPTRICS G02 10
DRAG(S) measuring DRAG(S) in navigation G01C 21/00 8
DRIFT(S) measuring DRIFT(S) for navigation G01C 21/00 8
ELECTRICITY distribution of ELECTRICITY H02 97
END-PIECES of wires or cables for electric connection H01R 11/00 94
ENGRAVING processes B44C 01/22 6
EQUATIONS solving EQUATIONS G06 15
ETCHING processes for producing decorations B44C 01/22 6
FOLLOW-UP [devices] electric FOLLOW-UP G05 11
FUNCTIONS evaluating FUNCTIONS G06 15
GENERATION of electricity H02 97
HANDLING of language data G06F 17/20 38
HARDENING preventing HARDENING of paint brushes B44 6
INDICATING control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators G09G 05/00 85
INDUCTION transmission systems using inductive loop H04B 05/00 104
INFORMATION electric digital computers for INFORMATION retrieval G06F 17/30 42
INPUT for electric digital computers G06F 03/00 16
INVENTORY electric digital computers for INVENTORY G06F 17/00 31
INVOICING electric digital computers for INVOICING G06F 17/00 31
JOYSTICK, JOY STICK JOYSTICK for data input in electric digital computers G06F 03/033 17
LANGUAGE(S) handling of LANGUAGE(S) data G06F 17/20 38
LEADER inductive LEADER -gear H04B 05/00 104
LETTER(S) identification or recognition of LETTER(S) G06K 09/00 56
LIGHT-PEN(S) for electric digital computers G06F 03/033 17
MEASURING G01 8
MOUSE used as input device in computers G06F 03/033 17
NAVIGATION G01C 21/00 8
NETWORKS bus transfer protocol G06F 13/42 23
OUTPUT for electric digital computers G06F 03/00 16

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Catch Word IPC Page


PAGING-SYSTEMS using near-field transmission H04B 05/00 104
PLOTTING in navigation G01C 21/00 8
PRINT(S) recognition of printed characters G06K 09/00 56
PROCESSING text PROCESSING G06F 17/21 40
READING printed or written characters G06K 09/00 56
RECOGNITION of printed or written characters G06K 09/00 56
REGISTERING of computed values in general G06K 15/00 56
RESERVATION electric computers for RESERVATION of seats G06F 17/00 31
RESONATORS for non-electric sound in particular musical instruments G10 89
ROUTES determining ROUTES G01C 21/00 8
SEAT(S) electric digital computers for SEAT(S) reservation G06F 17/00 31
SECRET digital communication, e.g. in telegraph systems H04L 09/00 107
SKETCHING B44 6
SPEECH synthesis G10L 13/00 90
STATISTICS electric digital computers for STATISTICS G06F 17/00 31
STIPPLING [appliances] B44 6
STUDIO EQUIPMENT for television H04N 05/222 110
SURFACE(S) ornamenting or decorating SURFACE(S) B44 6
SYMBOLS recognition of SYMBOLS G06K 09/00 56
SYNTHESIS of speech G10L 13/00 90
TEXT processing G06F 17/21 40
TOTALISATORS for electrically computing outcome of betting G06F 17/00 31
TRAFFIC electric digital computers for TRAFFIC control G06F 17/00 31
TRANSLATING of languages by computer G06F 17/28 42
TRANSMISSION of information-carrying signals, using light or infrared waves H04B 10/00 106
VARIABLES measuring VARIABLES G01 8
VEHICLES measuring position or course of VEHICLES G01C 21/00 8
VERIFYING of digital data on record carriers G06K 05/00 51
WEAPON(S) electric digital computers for WEAPON(S) G06F 17/00 31
WORK artistic or decorative WORK B44 6
WORKING for artistic or decorative purposes B44 6

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