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US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Patent provides insights into the inner workings of Apple Pay

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… More

NFC payments venture Isis to change its name

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… More

Intel patents multi-surface NFC antenna design

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… More

Broadcom patents multiple antenna solution for NFC phones

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… More

Apple patents NFC antenna that works on all sides of a mobile device

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. More

Apple looks to patent NFC gifting system

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,… More

Apple awarded patent for mobile airline ticketing and travel service

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. More

OTI picks up US patents

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.

Microsoft applies for NFC Tap and Do trademark

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. More

Samsung Wallet on the way?

March 12th, 2012

Phone maker Samsung has filed a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for “Samsung Wallet”, a word mark relating to “computer software for mobile phones, smart phones and tablet PCs,” PocketNow reports.

Apple patents ‘SIM within’ secure element technology

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. More

HID Global adds to NFC patents

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.”

E-wallet icon sparks more Apple NFC speculation

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… More

Apple to build NFC into the next generation iPhone’s touchscreen?

Apple to build NFC into the next generation iPhone’s touchscreen?

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.  More

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