patents and investing

They are common headlines; “Company X has Y patents” or “Patent A was issued today to Company B”.  But, what is their significance?  Does the author of a press release with such a headline or an article that propagates the release understand its significance?  The unfortunate answer is that both authors likely do not.  Why […]

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apple: well that was all very odd

I do not know if it was just me, but the Apple Event yesterday seemed a bit odd.  I got the sort of queasy feeling when someone tries hard to be approachable and funny, but it doesn’t really work.  There was an apt tweet during the event that the jokes seemed like “father” jokes.  There […]

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Apple’s A8, what the A7 told us

We are now less than one week away from Apple’s September 9th Keynote and the widely rumoured launch of the iPhone 6. Of particular interest at ned will be the likely introduction of the A8.  Yes, there will be new pixel counts, new sensors and new capabilities, maybe including the rumoured NFC, but the A-series […]

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sapphire – the gem stone in apple’s eye

Yesterday saw coverage of another published Apple patent application.  In this case it was US2014/0023430 i.e. “Attachment Techniques”.  The ‘430 application, as I will call it, is a rather short eleven pages.  It presents, as it appears in hindsight, a rather simple method and structure of attaching sapphire to another structure.  Much of the early […]

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apple, the metallurgy company

I am not sure if Apple lists metallurgy in any trademark “field” description, but they are active in the area.  Take last week for example.  Five of the Apple assigned patent applications published by the USPTO were in the field of metallurgy.  Anyone who has been watching Apple the last few years might guess these […]

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warhol’s 15 minutes and another apple patent application

Apple’s “Power Management Systems for Accepting Adapter and Solar Power in Electronic Devices” patent application was published as US2013/0290743 (the ‘743 application) last week.  Of course the usual suspects were out of the gate quickly.  Patently Apple, AppleInsider and 9to5Mac published articles within the day.  Upon reading those articles and the actual ‘743 patent application […]

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apple and the ahrendts hire – think laterally not literally

Towards the end of last week I was quoted on Yahoo Finance in an article about future iPhone updates.  Thinking a bit, I was brought to the Angela Ahrendts hire and made the comment; “The Ahrendts hire is big news at Apple and may well influence the iPhone strategy.” Now though we go back to […]

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