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Samsung and EU antitrust settlement needs only minor changes for approval

Samsung and EU antitrust settlement needs only minor changes for approval

Samsung is reportedly close to making a settlement with the EU to end an investigation having to do with key patents it holds. Sources familiar with the Samsung case claim that the settlement likely requires only minor changes to win approval from regulators. The patents at the heart of the case involve some that are required for competitors to comply with global technology standards.

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Apple curved touch patent reawakens flexed iPhone and iWatch talk

Apple curved touch patent reawakens flexed iPhone and iWatch talk

Apple has patented a new type of curved touch sensor that could be used to make non-flat tablets, phones, displays, and even touch mice with bowed or molded glass. The new filing, No. 8,603,574, proposes a different method of manufacturing touch sensors that could effectively mold the panel to suit a curved glass smartphone, or indeed a smartwatch that contours to the wrist.

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Apple patent application shows always-listening smart docking station

Apple patent application shows always-listening smart docking station

An Apple patent application has cropped up on the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website showing a smart docking station for the iPhone, something that will make using Siri from across the room a simple matter. According to the patent, the docking station has an integrated microphone that is always listening for voice commands, as well as a connector that will wake the device up when necessary.

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Sony SmartWig patent app surfaces with, among other things, a laser pointer

Sony SmartWig patent app surfaces with, among other things, a laser pointer

In what is quite possibly the oddest wearable device that has ever been proposed, Sony is attempting to patent a device it calls the SmartWig, which -- as the name suggests -- is a wig with technologies embedded. The idea is that the wig will communicate with a "secondary device" like a smartphone to give indicators for certain things like incoming messages. In addition, it is also proposed the SmartWig could house a camera and a laser pointer.

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Apple vs Samsung patent trial verdict sees $290 million for the former

Apple vs Samsung patent trial verdict sees $290 million for the former

A new verdict has been reached in the Apple vs Samsung case, a verdict which has awarded the former with $290 million in damages vs the latter. This is the latest in the ongoing battle between Apple and Samsung over patent issues surrounding devices such as the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S. Earlier last year we saw the first verdict in this case, one that awarded Apple more than 1 billion dollars in damages against Samsung. NOTE: The current adjusted total damages for Samsung ends up being approximately $888 million USD.

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Samsung device bans reconsidered in Apple patent case

Samsung device bans reconsidered in Apple patent case

A ruling has been passed down today by an appeals court which says U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh must spend more time considering evidence offered by Apple in arguments that certain Samsung devices should be banned from sale. In this ruling, the appeals court currently working on the case agreed unanimously that Koh "made errors" in her denial of Apple's request for a court injunction against 26 Samsung products.

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Nokia and Samsung extend patent deal for five years

Nokia and Samsung extend patent deal for five years

Patents are the bread-and-butter of the mobile market with many legal battles fought in court to secure and enforce them. Huge amounts of money change hands as technology company's license patents held by others. Nokia and Samsung have announced that they have extended their patent agreement adding another five years to the deal.

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