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Study: 30% of smartphone cost tied to patent royalty fees

Study: 30% of smartphone cost tied to patent royalty fees

With all the patent litigation flying around, it’s reasonable to assume it will affect the price of a smartphone. If a case is lost or settled out of court, one or both sides typically have to pay a patent fee to the other company. That added cost is not blindly absorbed by the company, and a new document shows just how much we’re paying for patents when we buy a device.

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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