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    Patent infringement lawsuits are obviously nothing new in the ultra-competitive, sometimes too heated and egocentric mobile industry, with Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Qualcomm, Google, Microsoft, HTC and Nokia just a few of the frequent protagonists of drawn-out court disputes that very often end in behind-the-scenes settlements. Of course, a lot of money is typically exchanged in such licensing and cross-licensing understandings, which BlackBerry must now be seeking from BLU Products. Those don’t exactly sound like the two most active smartphone-manufacturing companies on this battleground, ...

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    There’s not much a pair of upcoming second-generation Apple Watch models are expected to radically change about the original, with essentially the same design and form factor in tow, slightly enhanced activity tracking, and even standalone cellular connectivity likely shelved until next year. Naturally, Cupertino’s long-term goal of saving users’ lives by improving the wrist-worn gizmo’s health and currently pseudo-medical features remains just that: a noble, potentially lucrative but distant dream engineers and software developers are working hard behind the scenes to bring closer ...

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    If it’s legal war Huawei wants, that’s exactly what the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer will get from the industry’s overall ruler, which we know to never back down in a court of law, whether it’s fighting Apple, Nvidia or Ericsson a while ago. Oftentimes, being right or wrong, as well as having grounds to sue and countersue, are mostly irrelevant, with companies like Samsung instead focused on making headlines and/or forcing the other guys to settle and ultimately enter cross-licensing agreements. No way to tell if that’s going to be the case here, or how long it ...

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    For a faltering tech giant that many expected to vanish after Microsoft’s 2014-completed acquisition of its once thriving mobile phone business, Nokia is sure making frequent headlines and waves of late with various mergers, sales and partnerships. It’s clearly the dawn of a new era for the Finnish company now supervised by President and CEO Rajeev Suri, an era where telecommunications infrastructure and patents take precedence over mainstream consumer hardware, although Nokia-branded wearables and non-Lumia smartphones are also in the pipeline. Before those can turn a profit, ...

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    Back in 2014, T-Mobile claimed in court that Huawei stole some trade secrets about its phone testing robot Tappy. How? By trying to sneak into the Un-carrier's Bellvue, Washington, headquarters to take pictures of said robot, named Tappy. Since then, Huawei has made its own testing aid and T-Mobile wanted to call legal foul on its play. Fast forward two years and now Huawei is going after T-Mobile on the same grounds that it did against Samsung. Little Magenta has for the past two years been using 14 4G patents it refuses to license from Huawei, at least so the Chinese manufacturer claims. ...

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    Seen as an oddity by many not long ago, the fingerprint sensor or scanner has become so widely used on today’s premium and even mid-range smartphones that we often now list it towards the end of a newbie’s spec sheet. But that doesn’t mean there’s no place left for innovation or progress in this particular biometric authentication field. Device manufacturers are still quick to highlight the amazing speed and supreme reliability of their proprietary fingerprint-recognizing solutions, with a few big ones continuing to experiment as far as perfect location and shapes go. Case in ...

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    The “Apple of China” is looking to consolidate its relationship with not only Google, but rival tech colossus Microsoft as well. After selling the Mi Pad 2 in both Android and Windows 10 flavors, and allowing Mi 4 phone users to participate in W10M’s Technical Preview, Xiaomi just reached a mutually beneficial arrangement that will pre-install some of Redmond’s mobile apps on devices like the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3. These are wildly popular in China and a couple of them are making headway in India, the two being the world’s largest smartphone markets. ...

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    Sometimes, it's better to drop your hand than keep a finger pointed, especially when there are bigger fights to struggle through. Just recently, Microsoft has buried the hatchet with Google when it came to poor practices tattling. Microsoft and Samsung also had a patent spat settled. Now, NVIDIA and Samsung are coming to terms over licensing for a few patents related to each company's graphics technologies. This came right in front of the US International Trade Commission's final ruling on claims that NVIDIA had infringed upon three of Samsung's patents. A ruling against NVIDIA could've ...

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    Wearable devices and especially fancy smartwatches are still at the beginning of their life-altering and industry-revolutionizing road. They continue to be viewed as rudimentary toys or fashion accessories by even their most ardent supporters, but before long, they should do more for your health than just count steps. Without exaggerating one bit, they could save lives. Already, some of the pricier ones can monitor your heart rate and send warnings to your wrist to ease up on your workouts or visit a doctor. But Apple is looking to take things to the next level, with a “care event ...

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    Apple's thrown injunction after injunction at Samsung during the course of its drawn-out patent war. Some sales bans happened. Some didn't. This is the story of Schrodinger's sales ban. Samsung asked for a rehearing on an injunction based on three patents including one regarding "quick links," but was denied by the Federal Circuit court of appeals. Apple's original injunction was to allow Samsung to "sunset" the features for 30 days before a sales ban on relevant products took hold. The company hastily requested that the sales ban take hold upon ruling. Northern California US District ...

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    Remember when Apple was asking for a sales ban on Samsung smartphones because they used patented iPhone features? Remember how Apple didn't get it? We don't blame you if you don't, given that we might have to rehash everything as Samsung pursues Cupertino in the Supreme Court. But just so you know, there's an update to the appeal Apple filed for the stoppage. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has essentially vacated the lower court's rejection of the sales ban and has sent the case back to that lower court for a reconsideration. The original rejection of the sales ban came ...

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    It's well into year four of the Samsung vs. Apple patent war and we're still centered upon the initial case that was filed by Apple and resulted in Samsung having to pay near $1 billion in damages. Samsung has since made repeated appeals at different claims, hoping to overturn some, if not all of the damages. It's won once and has taken off a $380 million chunk of the penalty, but there was still more than half a billion on the tab. Today, we found out that the US Patent and Trademark Office may be rejecting a key Apple patent that served as the foundation of a lot of the remaining ...

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    Apple was clearly responsible for the death of the stylus after the launch of the first-generation iPhone. In a way, this has allowed user interaction with smartphones to be more efficient, but it also removes the level of accuracy that styli have offered users since their inception. Samsung has tried to pioneer the re-birth of the stylus with its Galaxy Note lineup, but reports claim that Apple has something cooler up its sleeve. We've been covering a significant amount of patents that Apple has filed with the stylus, but none of these have yet become a product. A new patent today reveals ...

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    If you've ever wondered why Microsoft isn't disappointed with the growth that Android has seen in the last couple of years, it's because Microsoft actually gets paid for it. Yes, Microsoft has been notorious for owning a crazy amount of the patents that power most of the Android phones in the market today, but the interesting thing is that all of these patents have been kept a secret for years. We don't understand the purpose for the secrecy, but if you're interested in the list, it just became public, sort of. Because of the whole Microsoft-Nokia deal, and mainly because it required the ...

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    Fights over patent licensing aren't about to be on their way out. One of the more high-profile ones recently has been the Apple-Motorola patent war. It seems this particular one has taken an odd twist, however -- apparently, both Apple and Motorola have gone ahead and voluntarily dismissed the suit, without a cross-licensing agreement between the two. Reuters notes that the two are working together on patent reform. Something worth noting is the ongoing purchase of Motorola Mobility by Lenovo. Motorola's current owner is Google, who will retain Motorola's patents post-purchase. Also of ...

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    Not sure if you've noticed this, but a grand majority of the lawsuits we've heard about in the last couple of years have included Apple. As a matter of fact, it's usually Apple that has sued its competitors over any sort of patent infringement that the company has felt affects its interests. What is hard to believe though, is that Apple is now complaining about patent trolls, and actually doing so publicly. Apple's lawyers publicly stated in a recent FTC filing that: "Apple has rarely lost on the merits. But victory figures are small consolation, because in every one of these cases, Apple ...

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    If you live here in the states, you might be a little bummed. You see, daytime soap operas have been all but cancelled here. They’ve been replaced by talk shows and cooking shows hosted by quasi-celebrities. Boy, if you don’t live here, I must be making you jealous as all get out, huh? Sorry about that. Fortunately, our drama fixes can still be satisfied in the mobile technology arena. Specifically, Apple and Samsung’s court battle is nearing its conclusion with a special Black Friday deal at just a hair under one billion dollars. We briefly talked about this on the Pocketnow weekly ...

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