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Microsoft sues Corel over, among other things, a slider UI

Microsoft sues Corel over, among other things, a slider UI

The patent system was designed in order to encourage and foster innovation. Of late, however, it has had the opposite effect. Design patents, in particular, have become the focus of much debate in light of the tug of war between Samsung and Apple in the past years. Microsoft is, of course, a long time player in this game but it has recently come under the spotlight when it sued Corel last week for infringing on a few design patents, including a graphical slider user interface.

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Ford patents electric unicycle that uses your car’s tire

Ford patents electric unicycle that uses your car’s tire

Just imagine: you work downtown and you're not shelling out for the ultra-expensive parking decks. Usually you can find a nice cheap spot on the curb a reasonable distance from your company, but not today. You've had to park many blocks away and you know you'll be sweaty and late if you walk the full distance. What's the solution? With the new Ford contraption revealed in a patent, you could just pop a tire off your car and ride it like a unicycle.

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Apple demanding $180M more from Samsung in patent case

Apple demanding $180M more from Samsung in patent case

You know what they say about being over until a certain lady sings. Samsung and Apple may have agreed to no longer sue each other over patents and Samsung may have "somewhat" agreed to pay Apple $548 million in damages from its 2012 patent tussle with Apple, but the case is really far, far from being over. Now Apple wants to squeeze out $180 million more from the South Korean manufacturer, pouring salt over Samsung's wounds. Or it could also be a tactic to dissuade Samsung from further contesting the damages as well as the entire patent system.

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Twitter files patent for tweet-controlled drone

Twitter files patent for tweet-controlled drone

It's been known for some time now that personal drones are the "next big thing," so that means it's time for connections to be made between them and our everyday mundane internet activities. Twitter seems to be the first to step up in the social networking category, as the company has applied for a patent for a drone that interact with Twitter accounts, as well as be controlled by tweets. The patent, titled "messaging-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle," was filed in June of this year and became published last week.

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Ericsson’s Apple suit ends in license deal

Ericsson’s Apple suit ends in license deal

Shares have risen significantly this morning after Ericsson announced that they'd signed a patent licensing deal with Apple. This comes after nearly a year of patent litigation that had Ericsson accusing patent infringement on Apple, originally threatening to file a collection of patent lawsuits and seek to block sales of Apple products in the United States. It does not appear that Ericsson's request for blocking sales in the US via the US International Trade Commission did not take hold - Apple's deal with the company ends mutual suits that'd been in play since January of this year.

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HTC phones from Deutsche Telekom to be banned in Germany

HTC phones from Deutsche Telekom to be banned in Germany

HTC's problems just keep on piling up. Now it has even reached Europe. The embattled Taiwanese manufacturers might be facing a sales ban of some of its smartphones in Germany, specifically those sold through local carrier Deutsche Telekom. This after a German court granted an injunction filed by Acacia Research Group on the grounds of patent infringement done by HTC.

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Samsung takes its Apple patent fight to the Supreme Court

Samsung takes its Apple patent fight to the Supreme Court

Samsung's Christmas gift to Apple won't be the $548 million it agreed to pay in its first patent squabble. It will be giving, instead, another serving of legal headache, though indirectly this time. As expected, Samsung has escalated its patent issues to the US' highest court. Although it is technically putting into question what is now commonly regarded to be an outdated patent system, in the end it will also affect the outcome of its two biggest patent fights with Apple. Especially the payment it has to make.

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Samsung patents Edge-like phone with two Xenon flash, modular camera

Samsung patents Edge-like phone with two Xenon flash, modular camera

It seems that Samsung is once again on a patent collecting spree, at least in its South Korean home court. One of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world is, of course, known for throwing around its ideas in the patent pool and while not all of the come to fruition, some are so interesting that we wish they did. Take for example of couple of patents that reveal a smarpthone not unlike the Samsung Galaxy Edge but with dual Xenon flash and, more interestingly, a modular camera system.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Duo Pixel: modular pieces, retro expansion

Samsung Galaxy S7 Duo Pixel: modular pieces, retro expansion

If you remember the Samsung Galaxy Camera, you remember how nice it was to be able to upload photos from your very capable handheld shooter. That wasn't all that common a feature for cameras at the time. Now, here at the tail end of 2016, devices like the Galaxy S6 smartphone have better camera setups in a much smaller body. Today also we're having a peek at what may be a leap forward in photography for smartphones of the Samsung Galaxy S7 (2016) age.

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Nintendo patent for crazy controller hints at NX

Nintendo patent for crazy controller hints at NX

A recent patent filed by five Nintendo employees has been discovered, revealing a unique game controller that possibly reveals what the company has in store for its upcoming "NX" console. Patent filings should always be taken with a grain of salt, and this one is no different, however some of the controller's features are in line with a previous Nintendo patent, as well as circling rumors about how the NX will function.

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Samsung to pay Apple $548M settlement in patent case

Samsung to pay Apple $548M settlement in patent case

In 2011, Apple first filed a lawsuit against Samsung for infringing on its smartphone patents, and after what seems like an endless five years of trials, appeals, retrials, and so on, Samsung has finally agreed to a $548 million out of court settlement. The two companies filed a joint statement to the US District Court for the Northern District of California, with Samsung saying it will pay Apple within ten 10 days if it receives an invoice from Apple by December 4th, a round about way of saying December 14th.

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License deal with Xiaomi is a mixed win for Qualcomm

License deal with Xiaomi is a mixed win for Qualcomm

Qualcomm, the highest profile mobile chip maker in the market, has just announced that it has reached a patent licensing agreement with Xiaomi, the highest profile Chinese mobile device maker. Based on the deal, Xiaomi will be paying to be granted the license to develop devices that use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G technologies. Patent licensing deals like this aren't exactly extraordinary, but the implications for the two companies are quite significant, most especially for Qualcomm who is struggling to secure a stronger foothold in the Chinese market.

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