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It's been said that prison changes a person, and it takes a foolhardy person to go messing around with an ex-convict. That's true even if that ex-convict is Martha Stewart. Perhaps especially if she's Martha Stewart. Behind that charismatic smile and underneath the persona that's obsessed with cooking and homemaking is a woman who became known... Read more...
Apple has filed paperwork seeking a new trial against Samsung claiming patent violations on 14 products for which a U.S. judge saw fit to overturn a jury patent-infringement award earlier this month. It's the next logical step for Apple in what's been a long, drawn out legal process that initially saw the Cupertino company awarded $1.05 billion... Read more...
Sony may have already lost the next generation console wars before stepping foot on the battlefield. That is, if it's granted a patent for a technology that would effectively eliminate the ability to play used games on the PlayStation 4, a move that would prove mighty unpopular among gamers and second-hand game shops... Read more...
Apple may be looking to improve upon the stylus as we know it today. The Cupertino company filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for what it calls an "Active Stylus," which can be used on capacitive touch sensor panels like those found on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch... Read more...
Marvell on Thursday said it plans to appeal a jury verdict awarding Carnegie Mellon University $1.17 billion in damages for patent infringement claims brought against the company. At the center of the dispute are two patents -- U.S. Patent 6,201,839 and 6,438,180 -- that a federal jury found Marvell and its U.S. operating subsidiary, Marvell... Read more...
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) took a second look at Apple's "pinch-to-zoom" patent and this time decided to invalidate it. It's a preliminary ruling and Apple will undoubtedly appeal, but for now, it serves as a temporary setback in Apple's quest to sue the mobile world, and in particularly Samsung. The ruling also opens the... Read more...
You can find some interesting things when browsing through filings on the US Patent & Trademark Office's website. One such patent that has intrigued is an airbag for mobile devices, such as your smartphone or tablet (though it could also be applied to any handheld gadget, like a digital camera or media player)... Read more...
You rarely hear politicians talk about patent reform, but perhaps it's high time the topic merits some discussion. The alternative is to leave the system alone and let businesses pay the price, even if they can't afford it. According to researchers at Boston University School of Law, the cost for businesses paying royalties to patent owners... Read more...
There's no love lost between Google and Apple. Steve Jobs once vowed to destroy Android even if it meant bankrupting Apple, and given his competitive nature, there's every reason to believe he fully meant it. More recently, Apple raked one of Google's hardware partners (Samsung) over the coals by winning a $1 billion... Read more...
And the patent wars continue. A judge in Wisconsin dismissed Apple’s case against Google’s Motorola Mobility wing. District Judge Barbara Crabb didn’t believe she had the legal authority to hear the case. At issue is whether or not Google has engaged in unfair licensing practices. The contention is that Google is using its... Read more...
Wielding a smartphone makes you a walking target. That's especially true of iPhone owners, and unfortunately, smartphone mugging has become the new trend in criminal circles. In fact, it was previously reported that half of all robberies in San Francisco so far in 2012 have been cell phone related, many of which took... Read more...
Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, is fed up with the patent system as it's currently implemented, and he's calling for change. It's an important topic in the field of technology, as Samsung can attest after losing a high-profile legal battle to Apple, in which it was slapped with a billion dollar fine for essentially... Read more...
Here’s your number of the day: $20 billion. That’s how much cash was crapped away on patent lawsuits and litigation over the last two years--just in the smartphone industry, according to the New York Times. Even more sad is that for the first time, Google and Apple spent more last year on patent lawsuits... Read more...
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and inventor of the Apple I and Apple II, has never been one to bite his tongue, and he certainly didn't when asked what he thought about the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung. In three words, "I hate it," Wozniak explains, and he also doesn't agree with Apple's $1 billion... Read more...
Google has been granted a patent on a system for real-world object identification scanning that will allow the company to survey and tag images and videos. The abstract for patent 8,254,699 (hereafter referred to as the '699 patent) covers An object recognition system performs a number of rounds of dimensionality... Read more...
Time will tell what kind of impact Apple's successful patent trial over Samsung will have on the rest of the Android community, but despite the swift billion dollar verdict, other Google partners aren't necessarily shaking in their boots. In fact, HTC, once a dominant force in the Android arena (much like Samsung is now), wants to make it... Read more...
Sometimes, everybody's wrong. That seems to be a South Korean court's take on the Apple/Samsung battle, which is being fought in courts in the U.S. and abroad. Although the court doesn't buy Apple's claim that theiPhone 4 and Galaxy S are too similar for consumers to tell them apart, it has found both companies guilty of infringing on... Read more...
When Kodak filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, the company made it clear that selling off its digital imaging patents was a key part of its strategy. The company had hoped to raise as much as $2.5 billion from selling off its war chest, which is why rumors of a partnership between Google and Apple,  have the... Read more...
The way things go in the tech industry, it seems you can't so much as release a fart without the flatulence police claiming a patent violation. It stinks, but it's the way it is, so does it really come as a surprise that a company is crying foul over Google's Nexus 7 tablet? That company is Nokia, which claims the Asus-built tablet Google... Read more...
The ongoing patent wars are a bit ridiculous and somewhat tedious, even though one of the highest-profile tech patent cases is between giants Apple and Samsung and the stakes are high. Late Tuesday, however, things got interesting. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh (pictured), acting on a federal appeals court’s... Read more...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is apparently fed up with the growing number of patent disputes that could lead to import bans. So much, in fact, that the FTC felt compelled to ink a five-page letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) outlining its concerns with the way things are currently handled... Read more...
Patents seemingly make the world go 'round, particularly in the technology space these days. Android, iOS, Samsung, Google, AOL, Microsoft -- hardly a day goes by without someone's patent portfolio making the (positive or negative) news. Today, Microsoft and Facebook are the ones in the spotlight, announcing an... Read more...
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