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Patent wars: America Invents Act

Mar 1st 2013 - A long, long time ago, in the world we currently live in, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was established. For 60 years, it has ruled over the mostly unchanged laws of all patents concerning the United States of America. On March 16, 2013, everything will change (sort of). Remember last year when …

Samsung innovation exec sees patent wars as ‘a loss’ for the entire industry

Feb 12th 2013 - While Apple’s triumph over Samsung in a US court can definitely be classified as a blow for the Android maker, David Eun, executive vice president for Samsung’s Open Innovation Center sees it as “a loss” for the entire mobile industry. Speaking at the D:Dive Into Media conference on Monday night, Eun delved into the precarious …

Google Glass Laser Keyboard: will it further fuel patent wars?

Jan 18th 2013 - At CES 2013, I showed you the crazy eyesight controlled computer that could become a Google Glass partner. Many of you had your doubts, but as we reported yesterday, a recently filed patent by Google illustrates some of the exact functionality we predicted Tobii could bring to Glass. Look at your hand. Dialpad beams onto …

Add Fujifilm to the Android patent wars, goes against Motorola

Jul 14th 2012 - The growing trend of companies suing Android manufacturers continues to grow along with the platform’s success. Just in case Google partners don’t have enough to worry about already, Fujifilm has decided to join the party. The camera maker has recently filed a lawsuit against Motorola, claiming that a large amount of the manufacturer’s devices are …

Infographic: The Patent Wars Web

Jan 24th 2012 - A lot of companies are suing a lot of other companies in this hectic world of technology. It can be difficult to keep up with who’s suing who and for what and what the outcome usually is. It turns out Verizon keeps a tab on these goings-on – they have a lot vested in these …

Verizon’s Chief Counsel Seeks Presidential Aid in Patent Wars

Aug 24th 2011 - Chief counsel for Verizon Wireless Randall Milch thinks the current patent wars between a large majority of major players in the US smartphone market have gone too far. So far, in fact, that Milch is appealing to President Obama for assistance in heading off rulings that could force the ban of sales of many popular …

Why The Tech Patent Wars Exist [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mar 23rd 2011 - I’ve really had enough with this whole tech patent hoopla. It seems that since computers were invented, tech companies throw billions of dollars at lawyers whose job is to file for every patent humanly possible and remotely achievable, understanding the Patent & Trademark Office must be run by geezers who think everything that crosses their …

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Android Overload: HTC Out $40 Million Due To Onlive Restructuring, Google Says Patents Wars Are Hurting Consumers, and More

Aug 21st 2012 - Galaxy S2 Plus pics leaked. Pretty much a Samsung Hercules with dual-core Exynos for Chile. [Engadget] Motorola’s ITC complaint against Apple revealed. [Groklaw] HTC loses $40 million from Onlive restructuring. [PCWorld] Google fails to comply with judge in disclosing names of paid bloggers and journalists. [TheVerge] Liquidware team comes up with Android powered laser tripwire. …

Google takes aim at Apple-backed, patent trolling Rockstar consortium in new lawsuit

Dec 26th 2013 - The patent wars continued today, this time with Google leading the offensive in a countersuit against Rockstar. For those unaware, Rockstar is a patent trolling holding company that just so happens to be owned by such bigwigs as Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and yes, Apple. With more than 6,000 patents at their disposal, it was in …

Understanding software patents

Apr 2nd 2013 - NFC and Google Wallet. Most people have heard of one, or the other. Some even tried it before. And there are the very few that actually use it in their daily lives. When a person uses Google Wallet to pay for purchases at a McDonald’s or a 7-Eleven, the tapping motion and the payment are …

Nikon licenses Microsoft patent to use Android on cameras

Feb 21st 2013 - Microsoft has made quite the reputation for itself in these patent wars. Its most notable claim to infamy in the mobile space has been the ability to strong-arm several Android manufacturers into paying a licensing fee for every device sold. Now, it looks to be getting another piece from the point-and-shoot camera pie. Renown camera …

Apple and Google join forces to purchase Kodak patents

Dec 8th 2012 - Apple and Google did what?! That is right, the two greatest smartphone rivals are said to be joining forces to purchase 1,100 of Kodak’s patents. Anonymous sources claim the two companies will spend over $500 million to jointly acquire these patents. Such deal could help ease tension between these enemies, as well as help Kodak …

Apple wants to add six more significant Samsung devices to patent trial

Nov 26th 2012 - Much can be said about Apple in these ongoing patent wars between itself and the likes of Samsung and HTC, but one thing that’s 100% undeniable is that the bitten fruit company has been ruthless. Apple is going after anything and everything it can from any company that poses to a considerable threat to its …

Microsoft Patents… Google Project Glass?

Nov 24th 2012 - The patent wars never cease to push forward into realms previously thought too ignorant to explore. While tech companies blindly register for thousands of patents ranging from painfully general to weird and obscure, the US Patent and Trademark Office seems to approve said patents at an equally alarming rate. The most recent? A patent filed …

HTC and Apple end patent dispute with 10-year licensing deal

Nov 12th 2012 - In a move that could signal a shift in the so-called smartphone patent wars, HTC and Apple have reached a settlement that shelves current legal disputes in favor of a 10-year licensing deal between the two companies. The exact details were not disclosed, but the agreement comes at a time when HTC desperately needs to …

Motorola wins decision against Microsoft in Germany for at least one patent

Oct 5th 2012 - Motorola hasn’t exactly fared well against Microsoft in Germany in these patent wars, but it has won at least one decision against the Seattle-based company. German courts ruled that Motorola didn’t infringe on a certain Microsoft patent that we are still trying to identify, and Motorola won’t be faced with any injunction woes for the …

iPhone 5 vs Android: The Patent Troll Presentation

Sep 12th 2012 - “This is unlike anything we or anyone else in our industry has made before,“ said Tim Cook regarding the iPhone 5 at Apple’s press conference in California today. That’s a bold statement considering the state of the current patent wars, with Apple filing silly lawsuits for things like making similarly shaped phones and having slide-to-unlock …

Google files for motion-based gestures patent; control your device hands-free

Mar 3rd 2012 - If there is anything Google has learnt with the patent wars is to file for everything as soon as an idea starts to be implemented. And the latest patent filing from the Search Giant is looking very promising. The idea behind it is motion-based gestures, in which one can control a device without directly interacting …