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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Patent’

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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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Guilty Of Violating Motorola Patents

With the patent lawsuit war heating up, a possible huge blow to Microsoft and the Xbox 360 was dealt today by the The US International Trade Commission. The ruling about the case, which was filed in 2010, stated that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 does violate 4 out of the 5 complaints that Motorola filed for. The complaints center around H.264 video …

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Apple Sued Over Every Touchscreen Device They Make

Apple has been sued in U.S. District Court for patent infringement. The complaint alleges that Apple’s touch interface devices – yes, all of them – infringe on a patent owned by Flatworld Interactives, LLC. The application for the patent was filed in 1998 by Slavoljub Milekic, and the patent itself was granted in 2005. The patent, which can be read …

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Oracle Wins Java Patent Claim

In the heat of Oracle’s court battle with Google concerning copyright infringement, the owner of the open-source Java programming language saw a small victory on April 19th, when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office confirmed a previously rejected Java patent. In the ongoing case, Oracle seeks to to prove that the manipulation of Java APIs, a practice Google utilized while …

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Samsung, Apple CEOs Ordered To Discuss Patent Dispute Settlement

With the first of many trials between Apple and Samsung scheduled to start in July, a U.S. judge has ordered that the CEOs of the two companies sit down and make another attempt to settle their differences outside of court in order to avert a trial. According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, the two companies have 90 days to …

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Google Patents Glass-Type Glasses and Helmets

Bill Slawski at SEO by the Sea found three Google patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database that could feature heavily in designs for the new Google Glass project. The patents were acquired from Indy race car driver Dominic Dobson and his company, Motion Research Technologies, Inc, on March 30th. That date was only days before the announcement …

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U.S. Judge Blocks Motorola’s German Microsoft Injunction

A judge in U.S. District Court in Seattle has issued an injunction preventing Motorola from enforcing an injunction it has not yet won in Germany. The court in Mannheim will determine next Tuesday whether Motorola will be granted an injunction preventing Microsoft from selling products that allegedly infringe on patents owned by Motorola relating to H.264 video encoding. Infringing technology …

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