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Senator drops patent reform bill amidst partisan discourse

Senator drops patent reform bill amidst partisan discourse

Patent trolling is a big issue right now, with various entities dedicated to litigiously making companies pay. Legislation has been introduced with the aim of bringing reason to the issue at hand, but lawmakers may have given up on it altogether. Unable to reach an agreement on how to proceed, it seems a solution is not forthcoming.

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Apple patents touch panels for solar-powered iPhone future

Apple patents touch panels for solar-powered iPhone future

The newest in an incredibly vast collection of patents filed for and held by Apple is an update to a previously held patent for solar panels. These solar panels were previously filed for patent to include touch-friendly pieces of equipment, but not displays as such. In this update, Apple’s newest next-generation ware may very well be the solar-powered iPhone.

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Google patents smartphone/notebook computer duo

Google patents smartphone/notebook computer duo

Google has filed a patent which could spell the end of connected device choices. The patent details a smartphone fitting onto a notebook computer, much as we see with the Asus Padfone. Rather than use all or most of the phone’s hardware to power a computer, this one is meant for another purpose.

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Samsung to appeal: Apple accused of omitting evidence

Samsung to appeal: Apple accused of omitting evidence

Samsung will fight the $120m damages a US court ruled it must pay Apple, the South Korean firm has insisted, accusing its rival of omitting "real world evidence" that would have proved Samsung's innocence. The San Jose court found in Apple's favor late last week, with a jury deeming Samsung guilty of patent infringement with its Galaxy series of phones among other products, though awarded the iPhone maker a fraction of the cash it was demanding.

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Apple’s Samsung damages jiggled but not jacked up

Apple’s Samsung damages jiggled but not jacked up

Apple's damages pay-out from Samsung has been shuffled but not materially changed, with the jury in the patent trial granting extra cash for one infringement but notching back the sum on another to compensate. Apple was awarded $119m by the San Jose court on Friday last week, but asked by Justice Lucy Koh to re-examine the final awards after not granting damages for one case of Samsung's infringement.

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Apple keyboard-display patent tips haptic stroke-friendly keys

Apple keyboard-display patent tips haptic stroke-friendly keys

Apple's future MacBook Pro keyboards could pack displays, haptic feedback, and capacitive touch sensors in each key, with the company filing a patent for multifunction buttons that could bring Optimus Maximus style flexibility. The filing, "Multi-Functional Keyboard Assemblies," describes component-dense keycaps which layer not only the regular mechanical switch but can include capacitive sensors as would normally be found in the trackpad, or displays for changing each key's legend.

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