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    The Eastern Texas District Court in Tyler, one infamous for its plentiful decisions in favor of large patent holding firms, has put another verdict in the win column for a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp. A federal jury ruled that Apple has to pay the company $22.1 million for willfully infringing upon a patent related to cellular networks. Infinite Loop, the jury felt, failed to invalidate the patent concerned in its arguments. A finding of willful infringement allows the judge to increase the awarded damages to as much as triple the ruling. Acacia's patent portfolio comes from a bevy ...

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    Samsung has a vision of a smartphone that primarily runs Android, but can also run Windows 10 Mobile if it wanted to. Yep, no longer just restrained to a tablet that never got released, the chaebol went to Korean patent agency Kipris to have its regulators look over such a phone. [gallery ids="481909,481910,481911"]   A lot of the drawings you see above have to do with the interface of switching between the two operating systems. Again, Samsung puts the burden of host OS with Android and would allow users to swipe into full-screen usage of a Windows 10 interface or press an "app" from ...

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    If you can’t beat them, join them. This seems to be Microsoft’s thinking in a nutshell after acknowledging Windows 10 Mobile isn’t the focus right now, with more and more interesting Redmond-developed apps reaching the iOS-using masses, and popular productivity services like Office, OneDrive and Skype brought closer and closer to Android enthusiasts. After fighting many of them in courts on patent infringement allegations several years back, Microsoft has been recently striking deal after deal with world-leading Android device manufacturers. Lenovo today adds to an impressive list ...

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    The US Patent and Trademark Office is chock full of little treasures. Here's one from the "Apple v. Samsung" file that was filed in January and published yesterday by the Korean company. "The band for adjustment may be coupled with the band for fixing through a structure [...] through a magnetic attracting force, or through a hooked ring or hooked member," the patent reads. Okay, while all of those figures and that mechanism are definitely grabs at the Apple Watch's design, that is not the pertinence of this patent. In fact, the use of that design is not only excusable, it's competition at ...

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    With patent disputes piling on and on throughout the years, here's a respite courtesy of Qualcomm and OPPO. OPPO has licensed Qualcomm's 3G and 4G technology patents for use in China, which means that we'll see a whole bunch of Snapdragon processors in future devices. Qualcomm laid patent infringement complaints against competitor Meizu about a month ago in Beijing and Shanghai intellectual property courts. The moves were part of a bid to get the manufacturer back at the table negotiating license terms. Details have yet to appear about the processor on OPPO's next major release, the F1s. ...

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    VirnetX will have to face Apple in court twice again. Yes, twice. A judge from Eastern Texas District Court overturned a ruling in a patent infringement case that would have resulted in Apple paying VirnetX $626.5 million in damages because the trial was a conflation of two lawsuits. Instructions and information to jurors kept referring to the findings of the jury looking over the earlier of the two cases which sided against Apple. The patents at issue regarded security measures found in FaceTime and iMessage. The two cases will get two retrials, the first of which to start on September ...

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    Apple is making its case to the eight-member Supreme Court of the United States that Samsung should pay its legally obligated dues to Infinite Loop for patent infringement. The Korean manufacturer took the case to the highest court in the nation to overturn damages related to the design of the phone hardware and the home user interface. Apple's legal brief claims that Samsung's case has not produce new evidence to base design patent damages "on anything less than the value of an entire smartphone," according to a Reuters report. In February, the US Patent and Trademark Office invalidated ...

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    High-quality smartphone speakers, flexible OLED screens, interchangeable Apple Pencil tips, and Apple Watch-style digital crown mechanisms for other iDevices are just a few of the Cupertino-based giant’s plans the US Patent and Trademark Office disclosed in the past six months or so. But while some of these, including dual rear cameras, could definitely help the iPhone 7 (6SE?) and looming new iPads stand out from previous generations, as well as provide hardware evolution a vast majority of consumers actually want, others would be met with such controversy they’re better left ...

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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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