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    You already have enough to plug into your power strips. Putting in two chargers for your smartphone and smartwatch just to have them charge at the same time shouldn't have to be a problem. Samsung may be taking a crack at that issue with a new patent application at the US Patent and Trademark Office. A filing last week shows off a new design for a wireless charger — in the form of a tall block — that can transmit electromagnetic fields in both the vertical and horizontal axes. A smartwatch could take in power when wrapped around the block while a phone could charge when laid on the top ...

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    Another loss for Apple and another court day spent successfully for a patent holding company. Network-1 Technologies subsidiary Mirror World Technologies has agreed to settle with Apple for $25 million in exchange for the use of nine patents and five pending applications regarding "unified search, indexing, displaying and archiving of documents in the computer system." The settlement was made out of district court in Tyler, Texas. The main patent in question described a file directory system. It was filed in 1999 by a Yale professor who then created his own company and pursued Apple for ...

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    After many years of drawn-out, highly publicized legal battles between tech companies as diverse and influential as Apple, Samsung, Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Huawei and HTC, the patent wars seemed to slowly blow over lately. But that’s not stopping semiconductor giant Qualcomm from filing a complaint against a smaller, on-the-rise smartphone manufacturer in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. China-based Meizu, which is on the verge of a long overdue US expansion, will have to fend off accusations of “unlawfully” using QCM technologies without a proper license. Sounds serious, ...

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    Apple has been dealing with blow after blow in its patent challenges recently. Samsung is getting more support for its bid to overturn a verdict for Cupertino while patent holders are getting away with more money. China has been tightening its grip on its international commerce relations recently, especially with Apple — once on branding and again on controversial content. Now, the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city. Why? Because the design apparently infringed upon a patent held by Shenzhen Baili ...

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    The same Justice Department that was able to snare through a couple of iPhones' encryption is siding with Samsung on a years-long patent suit that's about to be taken up by the Supreme Court. The department has penned an amicus brief on behalf of the chaebol and against Apple, calling for a new trial. "We welcome the overwhelming support for overturning the ruling in favor of Apple, including [...] the US government," a Samsung spokesperson said. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the brief. The original award to Apple of $930 million has been pecked away at since it was ...

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    If you haven't had your fill of patent lawsuits last week, check out what the California Institute of Technology is filing against One Infinite Loop. Caltech hit Apple with the suit on Thursday for infringing upon its Wi-Fi patents. The university is alleging that its intellectual property was crucial to the 802.11n and 802.11ac standards and that every iPhone from the iPhone 5. Apple's Wi-Fi chip supplier, Broadcom, is actually the main plaintiff in the suit, but since Apple commands about 14 percent of its business, Caltech believes Cupertino is fair game. The Wi-Fi chips aren't the ...

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    Huawei's suing Samsung in the US and China and the other is considering suing back. The Chinese manufacturer is looking at patents involving 4G technology, user interface and OS being infringed. It's not uncommon to see suits filed in order to force the target company to the table for licensing negotiations or get certain terms in those negotiations. Sources to The Korea Herald have said that Huawei wants a cross-licensing deal with Samsung for a some of the chaebol's 4G patents — it owns 954 of them, more than any other entity. "Huawei has some security issues in entering the US ...

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    "I sue you, too." It's a not terribly encouraging development in the case of Huawei's legal action against Samsung on patent licensing fees, though we're probably doing the translation injustice here. The head of the chaebol's intellectual property division reacted to the rival manufacturer's suits in China and the US. "We will take countermeasures, including a lawsuit," Ahn Seong-ho said as interpreted by The Korea Herald. Huawei alleges that Samsung used its 4G technology as well as user interface and launcher software without paying the company its dues. Source: Korea Herald Via: ...

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    It's unusual to see a Chinese firm sue other companies for stealing their unique designs — partly because those other companies copy each other at rapid pace that you can't really tell who came up with what in the first place. It's mostly due to loose regulations in the country guiding intellectual property. But it's Huawei suing Korean manufacturer Samsung in both the US and China with claims that the chaebol hasn't been paying up for patents covering 4G technology, operating systems and user interfaces. Shenzhen is still willing to negotiate licensing terms if the chaebol comes to the ...

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    Infrared keyboards were going to be a thing, right? Type a bunch of stuff on a countertop and have it appear on your phone! Well, sadly, it's a pretty safe bet to say that you're not using an infrared keyboard. That said, interactive projection displays could still have a practical use in smartwatches or so Samsung believes. It has applied for a patent to implement a projector that displays a user interface onto the back of your hand. The watch can pick up input via a camera pointing at your hand. So, what are the possibilities? Well, for one, we might not need a screen on the next ...

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    Another patent holding company is going for the jugulars of three wireless giants, one of them being in Cupertino. Voip-Pal.com Inc. has filed suit against Apple, AT&T and Verizon and is looking to get cumulative damages of $7 billion after the company said it could not negotiate licensing terms with the defendants for its patents. In the case with Apple, Voip-Pal asserts infringement claims against iMessage and the Wi-Fi Calling features. The two patents in question pertain to classifying communication participants and the routing of the communications between certain classes of ...

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    Okay, so do you have an iPad Pro? With an Apple Pencil? You might want to be on the lookout for a new Apple Pencil that can act as a flashlight, a camera, an eyedropper or paintbrush tool or even an actual pencil — but all of it smarter. It's only a possibility, but Cupertino may be up to the challenge of making such a pencil as it has a patent for it, dating back all the way to 2012. Sure, with such tiny tips, fiddly handling could be expected. In fact, the lack of elegance in the whole act doesn't sound like something Apple would promote. But perhaps a beautiful accessory deserves ...

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    Well, it seems like we've found our new main vertical to cover here at Pocketnow and that's the smart contact lens. Seriously, first Samsung shows up at Korea's patent office with something people have been calling a "Gear Blink," then Sony's all up in the USPTO with a "contact lens and storage medium." Yep, putting on a contact lens to record pictures and video and store it in an extremely tiny disk of sorts. And yes, you blink to snap. And believe it or not, but Sony wants to figure out autofocus and OIS. You know, on a scale the size of your freaking cornea. All we can do for now, ...

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    Have you ever texted a friend about how cool Khloe Kardashian is — because, you know, your appetite for reality TV stars is just that big — and ended up talking about how fat she was? You know, because autocorrect decided that her name was actually Khloe Lardasses? Surely, there are some pretty bad examples of autocorrect misfires and overcompensations out there and there's only so much an explanation will do. But why not make iMessage handle the explanation for you? An Apple patent application shows off how that could happen. If you send a message that features autocorrected words, ...

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    More from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as we've heard from him about iPhones old and small in investment note after investment note. This one follows on from a previous note talking about the 2017 iPhone, whatever it will happen to be called. Kuo is following up on a branch he left concerning the main build material for that iPhone. Would it be ceramic? Plastic? Glass and metal? How about glass and glass? All-glass, even, as the analyst believes that the competition is aluminium-saturated at this point and that Apple will look to diverge from the pack it has been settling into and ...

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    Interaction layers are a mighty headache for developers who know them from the back of their hands. We regular folk only can grade how good of a job their interface maximizes use of those features by achieving or failing to do what we want to do with them. If an app has a ton of features available, you'd probably not want to see all of them in list form — you'd want a cleaner, simpler look that you can put your fingers on and manipulate properly. Apple has tried adding feature access using the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch. The Pocketnow jury thinks it's flopped. So, what will Microsoft ...

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    First-person-view cameras, sometimes called "action cameras," have been pretty popular in the marketplace. But while these cameras are fairly small, when attached to a human, they're not exactly low-profile. Google Glass shrunk down the camera and put it in an infamous pair of glasses. But Samsung may be onto something with a camera in a contact lens. SamMobile is reporting that the company has applied for trademarks on the term "Samsung Gear Blink" in both South Korea and in the US. Following on from that, a South Korean patent filing from Samsung showed off some art featuring a contact ...

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    The past six months have seen an explosion in dual-camera phones of one sort or another. The iPhone 7 Plus is rumored to be a continuation of that trend. We have photos from a very protective leaker in Taiwan as well as another source of what the component for those cameras looks like. [gallery ids="466954,466955,466956,466957,466958,466959"]   A dual-camera iPhone would not only be a first for the lineage, but a first in the industry for its implementation: one 12-megapixel unit shoots pictures at a standard focal length while another 12-megapixel camera will go telephoto by up to ...

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    BlackBerry might be thinking beyond the charging cable when it comes to plugging in your future smartphone. It has just announced two patent licensing deals with London-based International Game Technology and camera manufacturer Canon. IGT is specifically focused on the gambling and pay-to-play video gaming industries. Global Chief Product Officer Victor Duarte released a statement in BlackBerry's press release: The addition of convenient charging capability to the IGT CrystalCore®, CrystalDual™ and S3000® [video slots] cabinets provides our customers with another feature that enables ...

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    It's a day that ends in "y" and Apple just lost a patent suit, so that means it's court time again. Haptics technology company Immersion has filed suit against Apple and both AT&T and AT&T Mobility over what three patents it claims the defendants infringed. U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051 regards "Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects," No. 8,773,356 is on "Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations" and No. 8,659,571 concerns Immersion's "Interactivity Model for Shared Feedback on Mobile Devices" Immersion believes the following products infringed upon those patents: ...

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    For as much thought as we put into PINs, passwords, and biometric authentication on our phones, security often feels like an afterthought – or not thought about at all – when it comes to wearables like smartwatches. To an extent, that makes sense; after all, we're a lot less likely to accidentally lose track of a gadget that's securely strapped to our wrist. But as we start using wearables for more and more functions, maybe especially in terms of mobile payments, is it worth thinking a little more about how to properly secure them? Samsung seems to be doing just that, and a recently ...

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    Apple thinks it has won. It won't let Samsung believe otherwise nor will it see to the Supreme Court considering so. In a brief in opposition against Samsung's lawyers' request for a hearing in Washington, Apple believes that the district court ruling on design patent infringement and the resulting damages aren't worthy of a SCOTUS review. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents says in his analysis that Cupertino is backing its opposition with a lot of merit-based arguments, — arguments such as Samsung using its appeal to get away with what the district court ruled as patent infringement or ...

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    The saga between VirnetX and Apple has been running since about the start of the decade. It's now come to a blow against Cupertino. The Arizona-based patent holding company has successfully argued that Apple infringed four of its patents concerning VPN and FaceTime interfaces. An attorney for VirnetX said that the award was "well-deserved" while an Apple representative said "cases like this simply reinforce the desperate need for patent reform." Apple requested for the judge to declare a mistrial because the company believed that laweyers for VirnetX had "blatantly [misrepresented] the ...

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    Like we've said before, this two-camera hardware trend is one that we don't see dying for the moment. At least, the two-cameras-on-one-side buzz is still flying around. There's the Axon, the V10, the One M8 and the iPhone 7. Okay, the last one's a very iffy subject at this point. All we have to go on is a patent application filed by Apple. The patent goes into detail on a dual-sensor setup with a standard field-of-view lens attached to one of them and a telephoto lens to the other. Both sensors would be able to simultaneous take photos, both pictures would be saved as separate files which ...

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    Apple wants a gift from Samsung. It's money. Okay, it wouldn't be a gift, it would be a favorable judgment in court. After a crucial Apple patent that was part of the basis of the company's legal entanglement with Samsung was invalidated, Samsung paid up more than half a billion dollars in damages it owed to Apple. Samsung, in lieu of a reversal of judgment against the company, is waiting to see if it can make its case in the Supreme Court. Consider this next move a hiking of the stakes as a damages expert has asked Northern California District Court to allow supplemental damages to be ...

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