10/30/2012, Apple may have only ditched Google Maps in the most recent version of iOS, but the interface has been Apple-driven for a long time. Apple just recieved a patent for a “touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for providing maps, directions, and location-based information.” Sounds broad. Apple applied for the patent back in June 2008, but it was awarded today.
10/24/2012, Remember that $1 billion decision that Samsung violated Apple’s patents? One of the patents in question, the famous “rubber banding” or “physical inertia” patent, has been completely nullified by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Samsung informed Judge Koh earlier this week. The patent describes how when scrolling on a touch screen, and you reach the end of a passage, how the screen bounces back up. The request to reexamine the patent […]
10/03/2012, Samsung filed over a dozen exhibits in court today in its effort to get the $1.05 billion verdict against it thrown out. Several of Samsung’s post-trial arguments are trivial, but the most notable concerns the jury foreman Velvin Hogan, who Samsung has accused of juror misconduct. Samsung alleges that Hogan had a significant conflict of interest and argues for the verdict to be thrown out. Here are the facts: Hogan […]
09/10/2012, Apple recently won a landmark victory against Samsung when a U.S. court decided that Samsung must pay the company $1 billion in damages. However, this doesn’t mean that there is an end in sight for the patent wars. Rather, Samsung seems all set to sue Apple in case it releases an iPhone 5 with LTE technology. While Samsung spared the new iPad, which also features LTE, HTC hasn’t been so […]
07/27/2012, Another day, another patent dispute – at least that’s what the current state of the tech world is. It looks like there’s now another war over patents between Apple and Google. According to reports online, both Apple and Google have been named as potential customers of Kodak’s upcoming patent sell-off that will take place sometime next month. According to a tweet from WSJ’s Dennis K. Berman, the two companies are […]
07/04/2012, Kodak won an approval from the Bankruptcy Court earlier this week to auction its patent portfolios. Both Apple and FlashPoint have previously asserted ownership of a few of Kodak’s 1,100 patents, however, the Bankruptcy Court has finally ruled that all of the patents found in its patent portfolios are of Kodak’s. Additionally, Kodak has been granted by the court the right to sell its patents, subject to the applicable provisions […]
06/26/2012, Remember Apple’s inductive charging concept that featured a multi-orientation dock that supports inductive charging? We mentioned that Apple filed a patent for the technology, but so far, no update has been heard. But a new report from Patently Apple seems to confirm the approval of the said patent. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published 27 newly granted patents for Apple, including an iOS docking station that is […]
06/01/2012, If you have been following the tech scene for a while, you are probably aware of the various patent lawsuits that are being thrown around by patent trolls and huge corporations alike (think Apple vs Samsung, Microsoft vs Motorola, Google vs Oracle, etc). While Google has been out of the picture for the most part, save for its battle against Oracle, other companies like Nokia and Microsoft have made it […]
03/27/2012, A patent that was filed by Research In Motion (RIM) in 2007 was granted today after 5 years. The patent would give RIM the technology to make smartphones have the ability to adjust earpiece volumes based on the “estimated degree of seal of an ear around a speaker.” Given the evolution of phones into smartphones along with the integration of messaging services like Whatsapp, Skype and BlackBerry Messaging, this would […]
12/23/2011, Remember our story earlier this week about Samsung expanding the patent row with Apple in Germany? Here is some interesting bit of news – apparently, Samsung Electronics has managed to make enough changes to their Galaxy Tab 10.1 so that it is no longer deemed to be a ‘copy” of the Apple iPad in the eyes of the law – at least, according to a judge at the district court […]
12/21/2011, Will HTC still be able to sell some of their smartphones by April next year? That certainly remains to be seen, and as we covered earlier this morning, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou steadies his ship by reaffirming the fact that they already have a solution in hand. Google’s Mobile Senior Vice President Andy Rubin chimed in as well, claiming that the feature which purportedly infringed Apple’s patents is nowhere near […]
12/20/2011, It seems that patents are the key to conquering any market these days, as you can see through the Apple vs HTC and Apple vs Samsung cases. Cupertino has received yet another patent recently, where this particular patent enables users to switch to an app even when they are taking a call. CBS News reports that patent number 8,082,523 is known as “Portable electronic device with graphical user interface supporting […]
10/24/2011, Over the weekend, Microsoft announced that they have inked a deal with original design manufacturer, Compal Electronics, thus making making the number of Android partners that are licensing patents from Microsoft a nice round figure of ten. This adds to the list that currently includes HTC, Samsung, Acer, Quanta, Wistron, General Dynamics Itronix, ViewSonic, Onkyo and Velocity Micro.
10/21/2011, We know that HTC has been having some patent infringement woes with Apple, and despite Google throwing some patents their way, it still looks like HTC may not have enough patents to give Apple a run for their money, which is why it is not surprising to have learnt that the company is “very open” to future acquisitions that will add on to their existing portfolio of patents.