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    US Patent Application Review Series

    Apple

    3rd Week of May 2010 Issue

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    A few words from the editor

    A few words from the editor

    If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

    - Issac Newton

    If you want your views to be known, we now open this monthly review to columnists, bloggersand IP practitioners. Send us an email at info@d-publish.com and lets discuss how we canwork together. We also accept advertorial and advertisement placements.

    Structure of this review

    The Table of Contents is created based onalphabetical order of IPC. The patent applicationsare also sorted by alphabetical order of IPC. A briefdescription of each IPC is shown. We nd that the IPCdescription could help deciphering the abstract of anpatent application. If a patent application belongs tomultiple IPC, the patent application will only be shownunder the section of rst IPC.

    For each patent application, the following informationwill be shown:

    1. App. No. patent application no. it is uniqueto each patent application.

    2. Assignee this is owner of the patentapplication. If there is no assignee beingspecied, either the inventor of the patentapplication own the patent application or theowner of the patent application did not recordsuch information when the patent applicationwas led.

    3. Title this is the title of the patent application.

    4. Abstract this is the abstract of the patentapplication. There are rules on how an abstractshould be drafted. Most patent attorneys like tohave the abstract based on the rst claim of thepatent application.

    5. Pri. Date priority date it is the dateof ling of the rst application of the patentapplication (a patent application could havemultiple application dates because of divisionalpatents as well as overseas patent applications).It is considered to be the effective date of lingfor the examination of novelty and inventivestep or non-obviousness for the subsequent

    application claiming the priority of the rstapplication.

    6. App. Date application date it is the date ofling of the patent application at the US.

    7. Pub. Date publishing date it is the date of thepatent application published by US. Usually, it isabout 18 months after the application date.

    Patent Index is a numerical sorted list the patentapplications appeared in the review.

    IPC Catchword Index is an alphabetical sorted list ofcatchwords of the IPC appeared in the review.

    How to use this review?

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    study all patent applications belong to theidentied IPC.

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    quickly ip the pages and identify the diagramsthat may be similar to your work.

    click on the patent application link and visit theUS server for more detailed information of thepatent application.

    read the description of IPC carefully.

    if you are interested in IPC, compare the patentapplications belong to it.

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    G06F 07/06

    G06F 03/048: Electric digital data processing Input arrangements fortransferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handledby the computer Input arrangements or combined input and outputarrangements for interaction between user and computer Interactiontechniques for graphical user interfaces, e.g. interaction with windows,icons or menus

    App. No. 20100123785 Assignee APPLE INC.Title Graphic control for directional audio inputAbstract A device to provide an audio output includes a microphone array, a signal processor, and a graphic

    user interface (GUI). The signal processor is coupled to the microphone array to perform audiobeamforming with input from the microphone array. The GUI is coupled to the signal processorto display a plurality of audio sources, to receive a selection of at least one of the plurality ofaudio sources from a user, and to provide the selection to the signal processor for aiming theaudio beamforming toward the selected audio source. The selection may be made by touchingthe display. The device may further include a camera and the GUI may display an image receivedfrom the camera as the plurality of audio sources. The camera may provide a moving video imageand the signal processor may provide a synchronized audio signal aimed at the selected audiosource.

    Pri. Date 20081114 App. Date 20081117 Pub. Date 20100520

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    G06F 17/30

    G06F 07/06: Electric digital data processing Methods or arrangementsfor processing data by operating upon the order or content of the datahandled Arrangements for sorting, selecting, merging, or comparingdata on individual record carriers

    App. No. 20100125351 Assignee Apple Inc.

    Title Ordering a playlist based on media popularityAbstract This is directed to systems and methods for ordering a playlist of media items. An existing playlist

    can include media sharing some characteristics, where some of the media items are unfamiliarto the user. To provide the user with a sense of the unfamiliar media items, the electronic devicecan order the playlist media items based on a familiarity or popularity measure. For example, theelectronic device can determine the chart rankings of each media item in the playlist, and playback the media items in the order of chart ranking. This may allow a user to rst listen or watchthe most familiar or popular media items and get a sense for the less familiar or popular mediaitems in the playlist.

    Pri. Date 20081118 App. Date 20081114 Pub. Date 20100520

    G06F 07/08: Electric digital data processing Methods or arrangementsfor processing data by operating upon the order or content of the datahandled Arrangements for sorting, selecting, merging, or comparingdata on individual record carriers Sorting, i.e. grouping record carriersin numerical or other ordered sequence according to the classicationof at least some of the information they carry

    Patent applications also belong to this classication and have been already shown:20100125351 page 6

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    G06Q 20/00

    G06F 17/00: Electric digital data processing Digital computing ordata processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specicfunctions

    Patent applications also belong to this classication and have been already shown:20100125351 page 6

    G06F 17/30: Electric digital data processing Digital computing ordata processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specicfunctions Information retrieval

    Patent applications also belong to this classication and have been already shown:20100125351 page 6

    G06K 09/00: Recognition of data Methods or arrangements for readingor recognising printed or written characters or for recog