All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Patent’

Apple Figures Out Longer Battery Life

One of the biggest complaints that people have about smartphones is that they lose battery life like mad. And the newer phones are worse than ever. Just a few years ago, a device like a relatively cheap Blackberry Curve, which introduced a lot of lower-market consumers to the Blackberry devices, could hold a battery charge for two days. Add to …

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Google Glass Patent Shows How It Could Be Used To Control Appliances

The smart home is still a few years away as companies are now just dabbling in the idea of a smart fridge or a smart washing machine. Even so, Google is preparing for this future if its latest Glass patent application is any indication. In a patent filed on September 21, 2011, Google outlines how Glass could be used to …

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Marvell To Pay $1.2 Billion In Patent Infringement Judgement

Marvell Technology, a semiconductor business out of Santa Clara, has just been handed what could be the biggest patent infringement verdict of the year. A jury in Pennsylvania hit the company with a $1.17 billion verdict after it was found to have violated a number of patents belonging to Carnegie Mellon University. The Contra Costa Times reports that the $1.2 …

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Apple Ordered to Pay $396 Million in Patent Case

Apple’s patent lawsuits have begun to turn on them. Though the world’s most valuable tech company slapped down Samsung with a $1 billion verdict in a California court back in August, it has since been forced by a U.K. court to publish an embarrassing statement about how Samsung did not infringe upon its patents. Today, the Financial Times reports that …

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Ban Lifted In United States

To say that Samsung had a rough August would be a massive understatement. The company lost a major patent battle against Apple to the tune of $1 billion, and now faces the possibility of a sales ban being brought against their devices. That being said, there were a few bright spots with Samsung winning patent battles in foreign courts. Another …

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U.K. Judge Declares Galaxy Tab “Not As Cool” As iPad

With the patent war between Apple and Samsung raging in courtrooms around the world, it can sometimes be hard to tell who’s winning and who’s losing. Apple wins a battle here, Samsung wins a battle there, but nobody ever appears to be actually ahead. Recently, though, a British judge handed Samsung a major victory, but with a little bit of …

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Galaxy Nexus Back In Google Play As Court Stays Injunction

Last week we brought you news that Apple had requested and been granted an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Apple claimed that the phone violated a number of its patents. U.S. District Court judge Lucy Koh agreed that Apple was likely to be able to prove its case at trial, and granted the injunction pending Apple’s payment of a …

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Nokia Is Suing Google Over Patents (Again)

The Galaxy Nexus is a super sleek Android phone that many people couldn’t wait to get a hold of. Then came Apple (again) suing Google and claiming that the Galaxy Nexus infringed upon their patents. All that bad news led to even worse news when a judge granted Apple an injunction to stop the only real competition they faced. Thank …

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Samsung To Appeal Galaxy Nexus Ban As Apple Targets Galaxy S III

Earlier this morning we brought you news that Apple had secured a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in U.S. District Court. The injunction means that the judge in the case – Lucy Koh – believes Apple has a strong case and is likely to be able to prove in court that Samsung is infringing on its patents. Samsung, …

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Can You Guess How Many Patents Android Has Infringed Since 2011?

It was good news for Google last month when the company’s Android operating system was found to be non-infringing on multiple Oracle patents in regards to Java. One win doesn’t mean that Google is in the clear though. Android and those that put the OS on their hardware still have to deal with patent issues around the world. A recent …

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Apple Gets Galaxy Nexus Banned With New Injunction

Late last week we brought you news that Apple had won an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the grounds that it infringed on some of Apple’s design patents. Now it seems that, as the old saying goes, it never rains but it pours. On Friday afternoon U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh granted a similar injunction against the …

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Judge Tells Apple, Samsung To Keep It Simple

Judge Lucy Koh, the U.S. district judge presiding over the U.S. edition of the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung, has ordered the two companies to keep things brief in the upcoming trial. The goal is to keep the trial’s length reasonable and force the two companies to stick to the point as much as possible. According to Electronista, …

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Apple Wins Anti-Surveillance, Search, Navigation Patents

Yesterday was a big day for Apple when it comes to patents. Late yesterday they were assigned several new patents related to a wide variety of technologies, including one that should make privacy advocates very happy. The first of the patents is related to navigation using a mobile device (i.e., an iPhone). The patent, excitingly titled “Adaptive Mobile Device Navigation” …

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iPhone 5 Rumor: Patent Drawings Confirm Redesign?

There’s been a lot of speculation recently on just what the iPhone 5 (or, more likely, “new iPhone”) will look like. The best information we’ve seen has come from a series of images that have leaked of the new iPhone’s front and rear panels. The first of these images leaked late last month, and showed some major changes to the …

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Apple, Motorola Given One More Day In Court

Last week we brought you news that Judge Richard Posner had tossed out the patent infringement case between Apple and Motorola that was scheduled to begin trial soon. Judge Posner declared that neither company had managed to demonstrate that the alleged infringement was actually causing them harm, and that the case would be dismissed with prejudice, preventing either party from …

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Chicago Judge Tosses Apple-Motorola Suit

Just days before one of Apple’s patent disputes with Google-owned Motorola Mobility was set for trial in Chicago, an exasperated judge issued a temporary order dismissing the case with prejudice (meaning it can’t be re-filed). Reports came in early yesterday afternoon that the start of the trial had been cancelled, but it wasn’t until much later in the day that …

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FTC Opposes Bans Over Standards Essential Patents

Last week Tim Cook spent time on stage during the opening session of AllThingsD’s D10 Conference talking to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher about a variety of topics. Among the issues discussed was Apple’s position on patent lawsuits. After from stating that patent litigation is “a pain in the ass,” Cook spent some time talking about how he believes the …

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RIM Facing Patent Lawsuit As Stock Woes Continue

Research In Motion, makers of the once-ubiquitous BlackBerry smartphone, can’t seem to catch a break lately. They continue to hemorrhage market share to iOS and Android, and their stock recently tumbled below the $10 mark for the first time in almost ten years, bringing the company’s market cap to $5.09 billion, just one sixteenth of their value in 2007. Now, …

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Apple Facing Patent Suit Over iOS Developer Program

On Tuesday evening Tim Cook gave an interview during the opening session of AllThingsD’s D10 Conference. During that interview he spoke at some length about patent litigation, which he called “a pain in the ass.” That very same day, it seems, a company called Cathas Advanced Technologies filed suit against Apple in U.S. District Court in Delaware. The suit accuses …

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Android’s Next Patent Challenge Comes From Nokia

Nokia could be considered the grandfather to the modern cellphone. The company obviously owns a lot of patents and receives royalties from those who make smartphones. Heck, patent royalties net Nokia €8 per every iPhone sold. Now they want a little something out of Android. After just coming off of a patent lawsuit win over Oracle on software patents, Google …

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Sony Filed a Patent for In-Game Commercials

There is a lot of current experimentation when it comes to video game revenue models. Publishers and developers are adding disc-locked content, day-one downloadable content (DLC), and overpriced collector’s editions everywhere you look. Mobile games and MMO‘s alike are free-to-play, using micro-transactions to monetize. It should surprise no one, then, that Sony has filed a patent for commercial advertisements in …

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Apple, SimpleAir Reach Settlement In Patent Lawsuit

Apple and SimpleAir have reached a settlement in their ongoing patent infringement lawsuit, according to a joint motion filed in court yesterday. The specifics of the agreement are not known, but it appears that the two companies have entered into a licensing agreement whereby Apple will license SimpleAir’s patents. SimpleAir filed suit in 2009 against AWS Convergence Technologies, Apple, RIM, …

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Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Hulu Case

The Supreme Court this week sent a case involving broad patents back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for reconsideration. The case surround a patent that was granted to the company Ultramercial. The patent is for the concept – not the technology, mind you – of ads supporting online videos. Just the idea that an ad …

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Apple Sued Over Rotating Windows On iOS Devices

A company called Rotatable Technologies has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Texas against Apple and several other defendants for patent infringement. The suit seeks injunctions against the infringing technologies (mostly apps, it seems), and unspecified damages. The patent in question was awarded to Steven John Robbins in December of 2001. It covers “a display method for selectively rotating …

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Google Patent Lets Bar Patrons Kill Bad Songs

You know what it’s like: you’re sitting in the establishment of your choice, consuming your adult beverage and enjoying the music coming from the jukebox, when somebody comes along, shoves a few coins – or, these days, probably a debit card – into the machine and next thing you know you’re being subjected to that one song on the jukebox …

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Apple Patents Mass-Texting New Contact Info

Everybody knows what a pain it can be to change your phone number. Not only do you have to memorize your new number (a step some people never bother to take), you have to update your contact info all over the place, and you have to let all your friends know that your old number doesn’t work anymore. If you’re …

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Patent Application Reveals Google’s Plans For Android Beam

A recently-uncovered patent application shows that Google has – or may have had – plans for a broader feature set for Android Beam, the NFC-based technology that allows users to share a variety of data between Android phones. Announced in October 2011, Android Beam is new with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The software uses a phone’s built-in near-field communication …

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Microsoft Patents a Human-Computer Interface

This week Microsoft patented a device designed to capture a person’s movements – and it’s wearable. Microsoft already has the Kinect, which can pick up and mimic broad movements, but this newly patented technology would be able to pick up the electrical signals generated by a user’s muscle movements. Though I’m sure Microsoft will come up with a snappier name …

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Google Secures New Network Patent

Google, now appearing to be more aware of the concept of licensing and patents, has just secured a copyright concerning wireless access auctions. The search giant was previous denied a similar bid in 2007, though tried again and succeeded, perhaps realizing the dire necessity of owning the rights to all of the tech it incorporates. Google is presently embroiled in …

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Yahoo Asks Judge to Invalidate Facebook Patents

Yahoo is claiming Facebook bought eight of the ten patents that it used to counter-sue in the continuing war between the two internet giants. In a filing to a federal court, Yahoo is asking the judge to throw out the patents that were purchased after Yahoo initially filed suit, PCWorld is reporting. Yahoo drew first blood in this battle, filing …

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