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VirnetX revives 2012 patent case against Apple, wants more monies

VirnetX revives 2012 patent case against Apple, wants more monies

It's not uncommon to hear of Apple being sued for patent infringement. As the saying goes, if you live by the sword, you die by the sword. It is, however, uncommon to hear of Apple losing, at least somewhat. In 2012, it was found guilty of infringing on VPN patents held by a certain VIrentX, a "patent holding" company in Nevada. Thank Apple's lucky stars that its damages and royalty payments were overturned. But more than three years later, VirnetX has taken Apple back to court. And this time, it wants half a billion dollars.

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Google, Facebook back Samsung on Supreme Court patent appeal

Google, Facebook back Samsung on Supreme Court patent appeal

Samsung has just gotten some mighty allies in its proxy legal tussle with Apple. Before 2015 ended, the Korean manufacturer went to the US Supreme Court asking for a review not of its patent case with Apple, which it already lost, but of the design patent system in general. Now several organizations, from tech giants to non-profit advocacies to legal interest groups, have filed amicus briefs in support of Samsung's case to have the federal government's interpretation of design patent laws revised for the current century.

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Will better speakers redeem iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack?

Will better speakers redeem iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack?

Depending on who you speak to, the idea of an iPhone 7 without a headphone jack is either a travesty or the logical next step for Apple. Cupertino lips are still sealed as to whether the upcoming iOS flagship will indeed do away with the familiar 3.5mm socket - and throw a huge accessory market into disarray in the process - but a newly-spotted patent could detail some of the payoff.

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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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