Rumors have been swirling about the smartphones that Amazon is working on. Earlier this month an Amazon smartphone was tipped to be in the works going by the codename Smith that was reportedly cooked up at least in part by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Today more information has surfaced having to do with the rumored Amazon smartphones.
Patent trolls are companies that have patents with no intent to use them and simply seek to earn money by forcing other companies to pay licensing fees in court. Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), has introduced a bill designed to attack the business model used by patent trolls, and the bill has a chance of passing. Goodlatte's bill has won backing from leadership in both parties and integrates ideas from similar bills introduced earlier.
If you say the name HP, most of us automatically think about computers. HP is one of the largest computer manufacturers in the world. The problem for HP is that the computer market is shrinking rapidly with declining sales in the face of the booming popularity of smartphones and tablets.
Apple has been on the receiving end of a patent infringement from Wi-Lan Inc., which alleged that Apple had infringed upon a patent related to wireless technology via its iPhone handsets. Wi-Lan had sought $248 million from Apple in addition to a cut of each sale, and has told Bloomberg that in light of the ruling it is reviewing its options.
Samsung has promised not to threaten rivals with injunctions over mobile standards-essential patents for the next five years, as the Korean firm attempts to evade antitrust penalties after being accused by Apple of misusing its 3G IP. According to Apple, while it offered to license the standards-essential technology for use in the iPhone, Samsung instead tried to have an injunction levied against the iOS device, which the European Union says could amount to antitrust behavior. Now, "Samsung has offered to abstain from seeking injunctions for mobile SEPs for a period of five years against any company that agrees to a particular licensing framework" the EU has confirmed.
Details of a Nokia wearable leaked a short while back. At the time there were some images of what appeared to be a Nokia branded smartwatch, though the details were a bit lacking at the time. But it now looks like some additional evidence has appeared. This time around we are seeing a filing from the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).
If you think you're going to make the world your oyster with Google Glass without raising your hands up to circle your favorite objects, you're in for a real change of heart. What we're seeing today is a patent application made by Google to keep the idea of "hearting" things to themselves. What you'd do is curve your index fingers and make your thumbs into the heart's point, and poof, you've added your support for that object in the real world.
Apple and Nokia battled patent disputes in court for a long time and ultimately Apple agreed to license certain Nokia patents. The exact terms of that license agreement were confidential and closely held by both Apple and Nokia. However, during the legal battle between Apple and Samsung those documents were presented to attorneys handling the case as part of their normal preparatory paperwork.
Apple has been granted a patent for an application that lets authors, artists and musicians issue autographs to individual consumers. First filed by inventors Casey Maureen Dougherty and Melissa Breglio Hajj in 2012, the invention describes how such an autograph can be guaranteed to be unique, addressing concerns the invention could otherwise be used to mass-produce or plagiarize prized John Hancocks.
When it comes to patents, it seems there is always one big tech company suing another, claiming violation and damages over the use of technology that is in some way infringing. One such recent lawsuit came from Nokia over rival HTC, which filed a patent suit against the company claiming some of its smartphones and tablets were infringing, something a preliminary ruling has agreed with.