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Google, Microsoft call truce on patent squabbles

Google, Microsoft call truce on patent squabbles

It seems that finally, the tech industry is waking up to realize that patent litigation isn't exactly the best way to move forward. We've heard of companies putting down their arms in favor of more amicable resolutions, and now two of the industry's largest names are doing likewise. Microsoft and Google jointly announced that they are ceasing all patent litigation against each other, especially those revolving around Motorola Mobility. In addition, the tech giants have announced willingness to cooperate on patent matters, thought not exactly sharing their portfolios.

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Nintendo patent reveals controller with shoulder-based scroll wheels

Nintendo patent reveals controller with shoulder-based scroll wheels

Another recent patent filed by Nintendo has been discovered, and much like the previous one for a console with no disc drive, it offer hints about the game company's upcoming "NX" system. Originally filed in February of this year, the patent was discovered online by the forum members of NeoGAF. The document reveals Nintendo's design for a controller that features scroll wheels on the upper right and left corners, in place of the shoulder buttons commonly seen on controllers for the Wii U and other consoles.

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Appeals court: Apple should have been granted Samsung ban

Appeals court: Apple should have been granted Samsung ban

Apple may have won its highest profile patent case against Samsung, but anyone who has been monitoring its developments would know that the war is far from over. Apple was indeed granted a hefty sum amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, but District Judge Lucy Koh denied its injunction to have Samsung's infringing devices banned from sales in the country. Now a federal appeals court, ruling 2-1, says that the injunction should have been granted, once again putting Samsung's smartphones in danger in the US.

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Apple patent hints at MacBook with fuel cell power

Apple patent hints at MacBook with fuel cell power

It seems that the latest tech obsession these days are batteries and that fever is reaching beyond just smartphones and tablets. A newly published patent has revealed that even Apple is considering alternative forms of power source to fuel not its iPhones and iPads but its future MacBooks. And the technology it is mulling over is none other than fuel cells. In theory, a MacBook that bears a fuel cell battery, in addition to a conventional lithium ion one, can last for days, maybe even weeks, on a single charge.

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ITC clears Microsoft in 8 year old patent case, Lumias safe

ITC clears Microsoft in 8 year old patent case, Lumias safe

It would have been a devastating blow if Microsoft was blocked from importing its next batch of Lumia smartphones even before its Windows 10 Mobile OS got out the door. That crisis, however, has been just averted when the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Redmond in a patent case that InterDigital brought against Nokia way back in 2007. According to the ITC, Microsoft did not infringe on InterDigital's patents, which saves it from a potential import ban that could affect its Lumia smartphones.

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German high court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

German high court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

At the beginning of its patent lawsuits against the likes Samsung, with Android as collateral damage, Apple seemed to have the force of the law behind it. The publicity might have backfired, putting its patents under greater scrutiny, which has led some of them to be narrowed down or even thrown out outright. That latter might just be the case in Germany, where the country's highest (or next highest) court, the Federal Court of Justice, upheld that Apple's slide to unlock patent isn't patentable, at least not in Germany.

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Nintendo patent reveals game console without optical drive

Nintendo patent reveals game console without optical drive

A newly discovered patent from Nintendo reveals the gaming company may be planning to ditch the optical drive in its next console. Thankfully they aren't planning to make a return to cartridges, like in the pre-GameCube days, but rather forego any kind of drive at all for inserting games. Instead, it seems Nintendo may have finally caught up to the thinking of Sony and Microsoft, and sees a future where games are downloaded over the internet and stored locally.

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Ford patents self-driving “lounge” car

Ford patents self-driving “lounge” car

The primary motivation for self-driving cars has mostly been for safety, taking stressful manual processes out of the equation and keeping error-prone humans away from the wheel. But if humans won't be driving anymore, there won't be much left for them to do right? Well, why not take advantage of the situation to do a bit of socialization? In a patent for an "Autonomous Vehicle with Reconfigurable Seats", Ford is suggesting exactly that, with front seats that can be moved to transform the cabin into a more comfortable lounge.

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USPTO invalidates Apple design patent used against Samsung

USPTO invalidates Apple design patent used against Samsung

If you thought the patent squabble between frenemies Apple and Samsung was over, better wake up and smell the coffee. Or in this case, read the US Patent and Trademark Office's latest finding. According to the Central Reexamination Division of the USPTO, Apple Design Patent number 618,677 is invalid on grounds of "obviousness" and prior art. This D'677 was one of the more important patents used by Cupertino to sue Samsung for infringement, a case that would have awarded it half a billion dollars if not for this recent ruling.

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Apple patents iPhone Edge style side-display

Apple patents iPhone Edge style side-display

While no Apple patent necessarily guarantees a final product, today's for a curved display is particularly interesting - especially now that, as of this week, Samsung has launched three "Edge" devices. Apple's patent suggests that the company either had plans or has plans to create an iPhone with a display that shows information on a flat plane on the side of their device, with a display that curves (hidden) on the inside of the phone. How strange!

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Patent for “slideable” plane seats might be terrible idea

Patent for “slideable” plane seats might be terrible idea

Leg room in airplanes today is a luxury and is one of the many pain points to traveling by air. A new patent aims to solve that but might inevitably make matters worse and cause havoc inside plane cabins. The "Method and Apparatus for Adjusting the Space of Vehicle Seats Based on the Size of the Seat Occupant" pretty much boils down to being able to slide a seat forward or backward to create more leg room for the passenger. That is, if anyone actually gets to sit in the first place.

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Airbus patents jet that could fly from NYC to London in an Hour

Airbus patents jet that could fly from NYC to London in an Hour

Years ago if you wanted to get from the US to the UK as fast as possible you climbed on the Concorde supersonic passenger jet and got underway. That aircraft has been retired now leaving standard aircraft to handle taking people quickly across the pond. Airbus has filed for a patent that talks a bit about a new jet that claims to be able to travel from NYC to London in only an hour.

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