Not many companies can take on a full grown troll and live to tell the tale. Newegg has just discovered this, after a Texas jury ordered them to pay $2.3 million in damages in a lawsuit that was over a patent concerning encryption Newegg.…Read More »
There is no denying that Apple is one of the giants in the tech realm that extends beyond all horizons of the world. However, even big giants can steal ideas. Although, we are not asserting that Apple has stolen ideas, but we can never really be sure of a firm’s honesty, no matter how well-respected the firm is.…Read More »
The “tag and fight” keeps on going between Apple and Samsung. Sometimes competition goes far higher than just markets, such as courtrooms. In the latest series of “Apple versus Samsung” in the “courtroom arena,” pun intended, Samsung has to pay Apple an additional $290 million in damages according to the verdict passed by the jury this afternoon.…Read More »
The legal drama over patent infringement and how much Samsung owes Apple plays on. Samsung asked for a mistrial in the most recent case, a retrial of last year’s patent infringement battle, because of a remark made by Apple’s lead counsel during closing arguments.…Read More »
Patent wars rage on, and with the unsuccessful acquisition of Nortel in a 2011 auction, Google may be losing the battle. The consortium ‘Rockstar’ owns thousands of patents and is targeting Google, Samsung, and other companies that created Android devices for infringement on patents.…Read More »
I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of patent trolls suddenly cried out in terror as they were suddenly silenced. I feel something wonderful has happened. Yes, while you were sleeping, New Zealand’s parliament passed a major new patent bill that will see all software patents banned forever in the country.…Read More »
The US International Trade Commission has ruled that Samsung has infringed on two key Apple patents. The result is an import ban against some of Samsung’s older products, with the company having a 60-day Presidential review period similar to that of Apple’s recent situation.…Read More »
Boston University this week has filed a complaint against Apple for infringing a technology patent filed by one of its professor way back in 1997. The complaint which is asking the federal court to ban the sale of Apple products including the iPhone 5, the iPad and the MacBook Air, states that said Apple products contain “a gallium nitride thin film semiconductor device.” Boston University claims that said device is still under patent protection which was filed by a Professor named Theodore Moustakas in 1995.…Read More »
Perhaps one product that Apple obviously wants to perfect is the earphones that accompany the iPhone and iPod Touch. The most recent effort brought about the recent iteration of the Apple earphones which came with the iPhone 5 and latest generation of iPod media players.…Read More »
Today, President Obama is looking to take executive action against patent trolls, announcing a series of legal moves to rein in some of the patent system’s current abuses, according to The Wall Street Journal. It’s reported that the President will instruct the Patent and Trademark office to start work on a rule-making process that would require the disclosure of a patent’s owner in addition to its inventor.…Read More »
Rumor has it United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has preliminarily ruled Apple’s ‘Steve Jobs’ patent as invalid upon reexamination. You might be wondering, what in the world is a Steve Jobs patent?
Its actual name is US Patent #7,479,949 which lays claim over technology related to “[t]ouch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics.” In layman terms, this is one of the critical multitouch patents that cover actions like zoom, swipe, and moving around on documents or page.…Read More »
Back in July we reported Apple and Microsoft were teaming up against Google, Samsung, and other Android manufacturers to buy Kodak patents. Turns out that no longer holds true.
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple and Google are joining forces to put forth a bid to purchase Kodak’s imaging patent portfolio.…Read More »
Although Apple won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung earlier this year, the battle between the two is only just beginning. As the legal battle heats up between Samsung and Apple, so has the war of words outside the court room.…Read More »
With all the recent and on-going lawsuits between major tech companies, there has been a lot of discussion regarding patents — the patents themselves, the patent system in the US, and those that simply seek monetary gain by abusing this system.…Read More »
Thanks to the ongoing patent wars, most of us probably don’t think too highly of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The fact that they just granted Apple a patent for turning pages in an eBook probably isn’t going to help change that.…Read More »
Have you ever been bothered by that awful noise your phone makes when it vibrates against a table? Isn’t it very common for that noise to be even louder than the phone itself? Better yet, doesn’t this seem to always happen when you want your phone to not make noise — such as when you put your phone on silent?…Read More »
Apple vs Samsung is raging, as is Microsoft vs Motorola. Time to open a new front in the war of smartphones: Android vs Micro-ple.
Eastman Kodak Co., once a booming photography company, is filing for bankruptcy. As part of the bankruptcy proceedings, Kodak is sell 1,100 patents it owns.…Read More »
Who has three letters in its name and just brought down the hammer on pretty much every company in the mobile device industry? No, it isn’t Apple. Or Google. Or Microsoft. Or Samsung. Or [insert name here]. That would be NTP my friends.…Read More »
In the patent world there are some patents, called FRAND patents, that are considered to be industry standard. These patents, decided upon by standard setting bodies, must be fairly licensed to all interested parties. Google, the parent company of Motorola Mobility who owns quite a few FRAND patents, is now arguing some proprietary technology should be provided the same licensing protection as FRAND patents.…Read More »
Steve Jobs once declared he will bury Android for “copying” iOS. Apple has just been granted a broad, potentially far-reaching smartphone user interface pattern which will go a long way in doing just that.
U.S. Patent 8,223,134, titled Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents, covers basically every iOS user interface element you can think of.…Read More »