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Microsoft patents look unchangingly like the iPhone interface

Microsoft patents look unchangingly like the iPhone interface

Sure, there are slight differences, and maybe they add up to enough of a difference for a lawsuit to not be possible, but it looks almost exactly the same. The patents were filed in July, shortly after the release of the iPhone, coincidence? I think not.

We could see it in a new Zune Phone, maybe the next version of Windows Mobile, so the iPhones competitors can come out with something that truly looks and works almost exactly like the iPhone. That’s probably the only way they’ll give the iPhone any competition is to copy it almost exactly.

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Microsoft patent D-pad microdisplay

Microsoft patent D-pad microdisplay

In a patent published this week (and originally filed in 2005) there are hints as to the next interface on portable hardware from Microsoft.  Under the heading of "color and context-adaptable hardware button" they detail their plans for a next-gen D-pad control, where the buttons themselves are layered underneath a display which, similar to Optimus' OLED-keyed keyboard, can indicate different functions depending on the on-screen situation.

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Microsoft doesn’t infringe on Motorola patent, says Commission

Microsoft doesn’t infringe on Motorola patent, says Commission

As we reported on March 22, a judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission took Microsoft's side in a legal battle that has been going on since 2010, saying the company did not infringe on Motorola Mobility patents. While Microsoft was pleased with the ruling, Google obviously was less enthusiastic, and said it would have the finding reviewed by the Commission. As of today, things have once again been found in Microsoft's favor.

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13 Motorola patents against Microsoft invalidated

13 Motorola patents against Microsoft invalidated

In what is a large blow to Google, a federal judge has invalidated 13 Motorola patent claims against Microsoft in what has been an on-going legal spat between the two companies. The claims concern a total of three patents that deal with a video codec standard, with Microsoft having had requested their invalidation based on a patent law, something the court ultimately agreed with.

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Google, Apple, Microsoft given go ahead to buy up Kodak patents

Google, Apple, Microsoft given go ahead to buy up Kodak patents

Back when Kodak announced that it would be filing for bankruptcy and selling off a large number of its patents to help with restructuring efforts, we all knew this sell off would be huge. As it turns out, that feeling was correct, with major players in the tech field like Google, Apple, and Microsoft all vying for a slice of that patent pie. Today a Judge approved the deal for those three tech giants to buy up Kodak's patents, to the tune of $527 million.

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