All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Patents’

Apple ‘Slide to Unlock’ Patent Is Invalid, Rules German Court

Apple ‘Slide to Unlock’ Patent Is Invalid, Rules German Court

Apple’s patents on its “slide to unlock” feature on its iOS devices are invalid – at least in Germany. A German appeals court has stuck by a 2013 ruling which canceled the company’s patent. According to the court, Apple’s slide to unlock feature is actually pretty similar to one on a phone made by Swedish company Neonode – a year …

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Facebook Patents a Way to Let Lenders Reject You Based on Your Friends’ Crappy Credit

Facebook Patents a Way to Let Lenders Reject You Based on Your Friends’ Crappy Credit

Facebook’s filed a new patent, and it might make you think twice about the (virtual) company you keep. Here’s the abstract of Facebook’s new patent: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing a graph structure comprising a plurality of nodes and edges where each node represents a user, receiving a request to transmit content related to a first user to …

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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

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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Google and Samsung to Share Patents

The years-long legal fight between Apple and Samsung is continuing to rage in courts around the world. Other high-profile patent lawsuits have come and gone in recent years, creating an uneasy climate in which tech companies are now engaging in an expensive patent-gathering cold war. This situation has led to surprising developments in recent years, including massive patent cross-licensing agreements …

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House Passes Innovation Act, Hopes To Stop Patent Trolls

I think that we can all agree that patent trolls are just about the worst. Even if you have no stake in the tech sector, frivolous litigation aiming to make a quick buck off of somebody else’s innovation hurts consumers in more ways than one. After years of ignoring the problem, it looks like Congress is finally starting to notice …

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Google Patents Microphone “Tattoo” For Your Neck

What’s up with Google and hi-tech tattoos? Earlier this year, Motorola showed off a new concept for wearable computing that involved the user getting an electronic tattoo. Now Google has filed a patent for a similar technology that may one day replace the now new smart watch. Google’s new patent – “Coupling an electronic skin tattoo to a mobile communication …

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BlackBerry Patent Portfolio Could Draw Interest

Back in August, following another dismal quarterly report, BlackBerry announced that it was exploring “strategic alternatives” – including the possible sale of the company. Earlier this week that possibility became a reality, with a consortium led by FairFax Financial offering $4.7 billion for the Canadian company. The buyout seemed to have been announced early, with FairFax still having six weeks …

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Google Patents Adds Patents From More Countries

Google announced today that it has expanded Google Patents to include documents from agencies in China, Germany, Canada and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Obviously, this greatly increases the coverage breadth of Google’s patent search engine. “Many of these documents may provide prior art for future patent applications, and we hope their increased discoverability will improve the quality of …

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You’re Going To See Cheaper 3D Printers In 2014

3D printers are expensive. There have been some valiant efforts to bring down prices, but the professional grade SLS desktop 3D printers still cost a couple thousand dollars. That all may change next year. Quartz reports that most of the patents for a 3D printing technology called selective laser sintering will expire next year. With its expiration, anybody will be …

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ITC Bans Older iPhone Models From Entering The U.S.

Were you thinking about picking up an iPhone 4 on the cheap at AT&T? You might want to do so now as new shipments might not be making it here anytime soon. The Hill reports that the ITC ruled that Apple had infringed upon Samsung’s patents with the AT&T variants of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3, iPad 3G …

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Xbox One Might Give You Achievements For Watching TV

The Xbox One announcement was all about one thing – TV. It’s clear that Microsoft is positioning its next console as more than just a game machine, but it might be bringing some game elements to television broadcasts. Gamesindustry.biz reports that Microsoft has recently applied for a patent that would hand out achievements to TV viewers. Similar to how achievements …

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Google Declares: Time To Take Action Against Patent Trolls

Last week, Google announced the “Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge,” saying that it pledges not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Today, Google took to its Public Policy Blog to declare, “It’s time to take action against patent trolls and patent privateering.” The company submitted comments with BlackBerry, EarthLink and Red …

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Google Pledges Not To Sue Open Source Distributors Over Patents

Google announced the ‘Open Patent Non-Assertion’ Pledge today, saying that it pledges not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. “We’ve begun by identifying 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google—open-source versions of which are now widely used,” says Senior Patent …

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Twitter Finally Patents the Concept of Twitter

Twitter – the actual concept of Twitter – is now patented. U.S. Patent 8,401,009 just went through, with Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone listed as inventors. It’s a vague and overarching concept of a “device independent message distribution platform,” first filed in 2007. Here’s the abstract (aptly titled, in the situation): A system (and method) for device-independent point to multipoint …

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Will Google+ Get Its Own Version Of Facebook’s Ticker?

Google has applied for a patent for something that sounds an awful lot like Facebook’s ticker feature. While we can only speculate on Google’s plans, it seems likely that they’re thinking about a similar kind of functionality on Google+. And why not? Bill Slawski at SEO By The Sea points to the patent filing for “Social Discovery of User Activity …

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Facebook Could Let Users Pay to Remove Ads, Customize Profile According to Patent

A patent application from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggests that he, at some point, at least toyed with the idea of introducing a “paid profile” model that would allow users to customize what shows up on their profiles and, more importantly, get rids of ads. The patent, US20130030987 A1, doesn’t actually mention “Facebook” in particular – instead goes with less-specific …

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Google Is Working On Making Your Actual Life Searchable

Last summer, we took a look at how Google plans to see through your eyes (literally). This has a lot to do with Google Glass, but that’s not the only piece of the puzzle. Do you like the direction Google is going in? Is it getting too up close and personal, or is it taking the necessary steps to make …

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Report: Google “Actively” Thinking About Marketing A Smart Watch

One day in the near future, you may be wearing a Google watch to go with your Google Glass while you sit in your Google driverless car. According to a report this morning from Business Insider, Google is “actively exploring the idea of making its own smart watch,” and is “looking at ways it might be able to market” it. …

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TED Talks Discuss Patent Problems

These days, you can hardly go a day without seeing news about patent trolls or some kind of patent litigation plaguing businesses, especially in the technology industry. TED, which has been introducing some very interesting playlists from its numerous talks lately, compiled a list of six videos about problems with patents in a recent blog post. We’ve looked at the …

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