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RIM Files Pressure Password Patent

A handheld communication or computing device having a touchscreen interface is configured to permit access in response to detection of a pressure-based password by a plurality of force sensors, each one of the force sensors corresponding to one of a plurality of sensing regions defined on the surface of the touchscreen interface. Upon detecting a sequence of presses applied to a plurality of the force sensors, the detected sequence is compared to previously stored information to determine if it matches. If there is a match, access to functions and/or data at the device is granted.

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Kodak Loses Patent Lawsuit Against RIM

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Kodak Receives Notice of Initial Determination in ITC Patent Infringement Action against Apple and Research In Motion

ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Eastman Kodak Company today announced that it has received notice of the Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) initial determination in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) action brought by Kodak against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Limited (RIM). The ALJ concluded that the Apple iPhone 3G and the accused RIM BlackBerry devices infringe Kodak’s patent, although his recommendation is that the patent claim is invalid.

The patent at issue (US Patent No. 6,292,218) relates to a technology invented by Kodak for previewing images on a digital camera-enabled device that is fundamental to how those devices take pictures. In the face of two separate challenges, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office analyzed this particular Kodak patent and confirmed its validity in December 2010. The final decision of the ITC, based on the deliberation of the full Commission, is expected by September 21, 2012.

“We are pleased the ALJ has concluded that Kodak’s patent is infringed by Apple and RIM. We expect to appeal to the full Commission his recommendation on validity. The ALJ’s recommendation represents a preliminary step in a process that we are confident will conclude in Kodak’s favor,” said Timothy Lynch, Kodak Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Officer. “In a previous ITC investigation, a different ALJ found this same Kodak patent to be valid and infringed by Samsung, whose products are similar to those offered by Apple and RIM. Kodak has invested billions of dollars to develop its pioneering digital imaging technology, and we intend to protect these valuable assets.”

 

The ’218 patent at issue in this case is one of 1,100 digital imaging patents in Kodak’s industry-leading patent portfolio. Kodak licenses its technology to numerous leading technology companies, including LG, Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung.

RIM Patent – Battery Charging Cellphone Holster

A handheld electronic device that includes a first battery and a holster that includes a second battery and a charging apparatus. When the handheld electronic device and the holster are electrically connected together, the charging apparatus charges the first battery on the handheld electronic device from the second battery on the holster when the first battery charge has been depleted to a given level and the second battery charge is above a second given level. Alternatively, if the first battery charge is above a third given level the first battery charges the second battery if the second battery is not fully charged. The holster further includes a microcontroller that communicates with a microprocessor on the handheld electronic device to identify alerts and activate a notification device powered by the second battery on the holster.

More info: USPTO

 

RIM Fuel Cell Patent Logged x2

Embodiments herein relate to an electronic portable having at least one electronic component. The electronic portable device includes a fuel cell operable for powering at least in part the at least one electronic component, and a fuel tank for storing fuel to be used by the fuel cell. The fuel tank is defined by at least one body section, the at least one body section sized and shaped so as to form a frame of the electronic device. The frame has at least one hollow region for storing the fuel therein, the at least one body section including an inlet for introducing fuel into the hollow region and an outlet for releasing fuel from the hollow region to the fuel cell.

Embodiments herein relate to a frame and an electronic portable device having a frame. The frame may include at least one fuel cell. The frame may also include at least one inlet for introducing fuel into the at least one fuel cell, and at least one drain for draining a residue produced by a reaction of the at least one fuel cell. The frame further may further include a connector for electrically connecting the at least one fuel cell to at least one electronic component of the electronic portable device. The frame may be further adapted for embedding the electronic component therein.

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RIM Files Patent For Rotating Keypad

Back in 2010 RIM filed for a patent that show a rotating keyboard! “The rotatable portion is rotatable about a coupling between at least a first position in which the rotatable portion covers a part of the display and a second position in which the rotatable portion exposes more of the display while leaving the input mechanism accessible to a user. ”

Disclosed herein is a mobile device comprising a base providing a display and a rotatable portion providing an input mechanism. The rotatable portion is rotatable about a coupling between at least a first position in which the rotatable portion covers a part of the display and a second position in which the rotatable portion exposes more of the display while leaving the input mechanism accessible to a user. In at least one variant embodiment, the rotatable portion may be rotatable to a third position “behind” the base with the input mechanism remaining accessible to the user.

Source: USPTO

Via: Engadget

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