US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
News stories featuring US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO):
January 19th, 2015
Google is responding to the successful launch of Apple Pay by going on the mobile payments acquisition trail, according to industry rumours — and US carrier-owned NFC venture Softcard, which laid off 60 staff last week,…
January 16th, 2015
The US Patent & Trademark Office has published three patent applications from Apple that relate to both Apple Pay and Touch ID biometric verification. Among the patents is one that includes a “schematic block diagram of an electronic system providing iCloud-based storage and exchange of enrollment finger biometric data,” Patently Apple reports, and one that sets out a way to use NFC or an alternative short range wireless communication technology to download enrolled finger biometric data.
October 9th, 2014
A newly published Apple patent application provides insights into how the iPhone maker’s new Apple Pay service will work, how the company has optimized the iPhone’s NFC capabilities to ensure the best possible user experience…
July 8th, 2014
Isis, the NFC venture set up by US carriers AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, is to get a new name. The move is in response to the growing profile of the Isis militant group. “From our…
June 17th, 2014
The USPTO has published a patent application by three Intel engineers that describes an NFC antenna design which makes use of a cascaded coil concept to enable interactions to be performed without a user needing…
June 2nd, 2014
Chip maker Broadcom has developed a way for multiple NFC antennas to be built into an NFC device, making it possible in future for consumers to conduct NFC interactions without having to orientate their phone…
May 27th, 2014
Apple has applied for a patent on an antenna design that allows NFC signals to be transmitted from both the top and bottom of a mobile phone — front and rear — reducing the need for a user to orientate their device in a particular way when conducting an NFC transaction.
August 16th, 2013
An Apple patent application which outlines a way to use NFC to gift media between iOS devices has been published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent was filed in March this year,…
July 11th, 2012
The iTravel patent covers the use of an NFC-enabled iPhone for buying an airline ticket, checking in baggage and passing through security.
July 6th, 2012
Israel-based contactless technology developer On Track Innovations has been granted two new patents. US patent 8,195,236, “Retrofit contactless smart SIM functionality in mobile communicators” covers adding NFC to mobile phones with a SIM+antenna add-on, while US patent 8,186,602, “Multi-application contactless smart card“, deals with supporting multiple applications or payment mechanisms on a single contactless device.
March 23rd, 2012
The computer software giant is to use its own symbol to show that a Windows 8 device has NFC functionality and to indicate to a user where the NFC antenna is located.
March 12th, 2012
November 9th, 2011
A newly published Apple patent application sets out a way for a virtual SIM card to be built into an embedded secure element which can, in turn, be attached to an NFC controller chip.
November 1st, 2011
Secure identity specialist HID Global expects its patent “Method and Apparatus for Making a Decision on a Card” to be issued shortly by the USPTO. The invention covers “the use of portable credentials in a secure access network, in which the access decision can be made within a portable credential (such as the secure element of a mobile device) using data and algorithms stored within the credential.”
March 2nd, 2011
A recent design patent for Apple has revealed an e-Wallet icon that could feature on a future version of the iPhone. Apple has also been granted design patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office…
July 8th, 2009
A patent application for a ‘Touch Screen RFID Tag Reader’, filed by Apple in December 2007, has been published on the US Patent & Trademark Office website.
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