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Apple patents licensed to Microsoft while Samsung declined

Apple patents licensed to Microsoft while Samsung declined

It seems that one of the bigger stories to come out of the Apple vs Samsung trail over the past few days has gotten just a bit more complicated, as the patents Apple offered to Samsung several years ago - the same that are on trial now - were also offered to Microsoft. As Apple's director of patent licensing and strategy Boris Teksler noted in the case, Microsoft and Apple have had a long-running cross-licensing deal going in which all of the patents in the case at hand were and are included. With that deal came "specific rules" in which both companies are not allowed to make "clone" products.

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Microsoft MagSafe rival packs power and data tips patent application

Microsoft MagSafe rival packs power and data tips patent application

Microsoft is apparently readying a challenge to Apple's MagSafe connector, filing a patent application for a magnetically-clinging connector with both power and data links for mobile devices. According to the freshly-filed application, Microsoft envisages "a mechanically simple and aesthetically pleasing mechanism for delivering power and/or data to and/or from an electronic device" with a "substantially smooth surface" pleasing in both aesthetic and engineering terms left on the gadget itself.

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Microsoft applies for dual-module mobile patent

Microsoft applies for dual-module mobile patent

Microsoft has recently filed for a patent that's worth some attention. The concept is quite intriguing and involves a mobile device comprised of two parts that can work together or independently. The two parts could be two displays that can connect to form one display and they would operate together through magnetic attraction.

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Microsoft Android patent hunting hits Pegatron

Microsoft Android patent hunting hits Pegatron

The group known as Pegatron Corp. have become the next in a line of companies creating hardware based around Android and Chrome OS to have signed a patent agreement with Microsoft. It's been some weeks since we heard the last case of this happening, but what each of these cases have amounted to is the same as what's going on here: Microsoft owns a gigantic batch of patents, many of which cover devices whose functionality lends itself to Android. In this case, both Android and Chrome devices made by Pegatron might otherwise have fallen under Microsoft's lawsuit umbrella unless Pegatron made an agreement with Microsoft like they're doing here to give them cash per unit sold.

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Facebook and Microsoft reach $550m deal over AOL patents

Facebook and Microsoft reach $550m deal over AOL patents

Microsoft and Facebook have announced an agreement that would see Facebook making use of some of Microsoft’s patent portfolio recently acquired from AOL. Facebook has agreed to purchase the patents for $550 million. Microsoft purchased around 925 patents from AOL as part of the original deal, and will be selling around 650 patents to Facebook.

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Microsoft wins delay in Motorola patent case

Microsoft wins delay in Motorola patent case

Microsoft has won a small victory this week in US courts that will help its situation in Germany, where Motorola is seeking an injunction on Windows and Xbox products. The US ruling does not prevent a ban, if any is granted, but instead delays Motorola's ability to enforce such a ban until after the dispute over "fair and reasonable" licensing between the two companies is resolved here in the states.

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Microsoft grabs 800+ AOL patents in $1bn deal

Microsoft grabs 800+ AOL patents in $1bn deal

Microsoft has bought over 800 of AOL's patents, plus signed a patent licensing agreement, in a deal worth $1.056 billion in cash the companies have confirmed. Expected to close by the end of 2012, the sale will see AOL keep hold of over 300 patents and patent applications - which Microsoft will be allowed to use under a non-exclusive license - as well as reward shareholders with "a significant proportion" of the proceeds.

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Microsoft abandons German hub over Motorola patent threat

Microsoft abandons German hub over Motorola patent threat

Microsoft may have succeeded in getting Motorola investigated by the EC over potential antitrust behavior, but the company is still shifting operations from Germany over fears of patent-based attack. The company's European distribution center has, until now, been in Germany and operated by logistics specialist Arvato but, Microsoft has confirmed, "the risk of disruption from Motorola's patent litigation" in the country means it will be moved to the Netherlands.

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Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

I'm betting this is really good news for smartphone makers. Open-source poster boy Linus Torvalds stepped up and helped stop a Microsoft patent from being used to choke licensing fees out of other companies. The patent Microsoft owns is being used to force Google Android and Linux handset users to pay licensing fees.

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Microsoft gaming helmet revealed in patent

Microsoft gaming helmet revealed in patent

It wasn’t too long ago that we learned Google were working on special glasses that would bring smartphone like functionality to your eyes. Most notably, Google were aiming to heavily feature augmented reality, overlaying information onto the real world as you wear the glasses. Now a patent reveals that Microsoft may be working on similar concepts: one designed to be a gaming helmet, with another posing as a pair of sunglasses to be used with a smartphone.

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