All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Patents’

Google Glass Picture Taking Could Get Even Dweebier

Google Glass Picture Taking Could Get Even Dweebier

If you thought you looked cool wearing Google Glass before, wait till you see this. Google has been awarded a patent that allows “a computing device, such as a head-mountable device (HMD), to capture and process images in response to a user placing their hands in, and then withdrawing their hands from, a frame formation” In other words, Google wants …

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Apple’s Record $533M Payment to Patent Troll Voided

Apple’s Record $533M Payment to Patent Troll Voided

In February, a federal jury in Texas sided with a patent licensing company called Smartflash and ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million for infringing upon three patents dealing with data storage, payments, and DRM. Apple vowed to fight it, obviously, saying: “Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no US presence, and is exploiting our patent …

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Google Could Use Your TV Viewing As A Ranking Signal

It seems almost crazy to think that Google could deliver your search results based on what you’re watching on TV at any point in time, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility, and the company was even granted a patent to be able to to just that. Should Google use TV viewing as a ranking signal? Share your …

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Adam Carolla Settles Patent Suit With Personal Audio

Comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla has settled a lawsuit with a patent troll called Personal Audio. The suit emerged roughly a year and a half ago, when Personal Audio also sued HowStuffWorks and Togi Entertainment – all over a patent about a “System for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence.” TechDirt gets into the patent’s text here, …

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Tesla Opens Up All Its Patents, Which Elon Musk Calls ‘Landmines’ of Innovation

On the heels of news that Tesla Motors would be opening up its Supercharger patents in order to help speed up the electric car revolution, the company’s CEO Elon Musk has apparently decided what the hell, let’s just release all the patents. Musk has made the announcement in a Tesla blog post entitled All Our Patent Are Belong To You …

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Microsoft To Close Nokia Devices And Services Acquisition, Signs Licensing Agreement With Motorola

In 2011, Microsoft and Nokia partnered to create a “third” smartphone horse in the race against Apple and Android. In September, it became more than a partnership when the two companies announced that Microsoft would buy Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and bring Nokia CEO and former Microsoft employee Stephen Elop back to Microsoft. Shareholders approved the deal in November, …

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Google Is Trying to Trademark the Word ‘Glass’, Currently Having Some Issues

Google is attempting (and currently failing) to trademark the word ‘Glass’, in reference to their Google Glass wearable tech. Most of you will probably find joy in half of that statement. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is currently holding up their application for the trademark, citing a couple of main objections. “That’s effing stupid” not being one of …

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Microsoft & Dell Agree to Cross-License Patents

As the traditional computing industry continues to sink under a wave of new mobile technology, traditional computer hardware and software companies are struggling to find a place in the rapidly shifting landscape. This new reality was highlighted this week as two of the giants of 90s computing have now combined forces to stave off patent assaults. Microsoft and Dell this …

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Google Granted The Panda Patent?

Google has been granted what could be its patent for the controversial Panda update. It was filed on September 28, 2012, a year and a half after the update first launched, and awarded this week on March 25th. It may or may not be related to the actual Panda update, though Search Engine Land seems pretty sure that it is …

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U.S. Closes Samsung Patent Abuse Investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today officially closed its investigation into Samsung’s possible abuse of patents. The decision was made following the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) decision to overturn previously awarded bans on Apple products in the U.S. As part of the ongoing and years-long patent war between Samsung and Apple, Samsung was awarded sale bans on certain iPhone …

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Twitter Bought 900 Patents From IBM After Infringement Claims

Twitter has acquired over 900 patents from IBM. The deal, which includes a cross-license agreement, was made last month, but the two companies have now formally announced it. IBM has received more patents in the U.S. than any other company for 21 consecutive years. Twitter Legal Director Ben Lee said, “This acquisition of patents from IBM and licensing agreement provides …

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Google Ordered To Pay AdWords Royalties Over Patent Infringement

A court has ruled that Google must pay 1.36% of its U.S. AdWords earnings from 2012 to 2016 to holding company (or patent troll, if you prefer) Vringo, which bought some old Lycos patents in 2011, which Google is said to be infringing upon. Those expire in 2016. Vringo already won about $30 million after suing Google, Microsoft, AOL, Gannett …

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