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Nokia scores victory over HTC in patent lawsuit, seeks to block certain devices

Nokia scores victory over HTC in patent lawsuit, seeks to block certain devices

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.

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Microsoft multi-million wearables grab for Osterhout Design Group rumored

Microsoft multi-million wearables grab for Osterhout Design Group rumored

Microsoft is reportedly close to acquiring key wearables patents from the Osterhout Design Group, a US military contractor and research specialist, in what's said to be a $200m deal to help take on Google Glass, Apple's rumored iWatch, and more. The purchase - which could consist solely of patents and assets, or may involve key staff or existing contracts Osterhout holds, TechCrunch reports - is yet to close, it's said, but has seen Microsoft "most aggressively" pursue the low-key firm against counter-interest from Google, Samsung, and LG.

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Researchers score patent for wearable body-stats sensors

Researchers score patent for wearable body-stats sensors

In typical cases, monitoring a patient's vital signs involves hooking them up to a variety of sensors, all of which end up inhibiting the patient's mobility and causing a tangle of wires. Such isn't the case with wearable sensors developed by researchers at the Liverpool John Moores University, however, who have received a patent for wireless sensors that can be woven into clothing.

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Tesla patent shows off dual hinged vertical doors destined for Model X

Tesla patent shows off dual hinged vertical doors destined for Model X

Tesla has been having a heck of the year with its Model S earning rave reviews and strong sales that allowed the company to pay back its government loans early. Tesla is already planning additional vehicle models, including the previously announced Model X SUV. One of the most interesting features of the Model X is a set of rear doors that open vertically allowing unfettered access to the interior of the vehicle.

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Apple patent app turns iPhone into a smart home universal remote control

Apple patent app turns iPhone into a smart home universal remote control

Apple is always out to file a patent on just about any technology its engineers can dream up whether or not it intends to actually put that technology into a product. A new patent application has turned up that was published by Apple recently showing a way to turn a device like the iPhone into a smart home remote control. Home automation is becoming more and more popular as automation systems become cheaper.

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Apple most targeted company by patent trolls

Apple most targeted company by patent trolls

At a conference at Stanford University today, Winston & Stawn's Vice Chair of Intellectual Property Michael Brody spoke about patent trolls during a presentation, detailing the harm they present to companies and numbers related to them from the past few years. Although patent trolls target a variety of companies, Apple, HP, and Samsung have become the most common targets, with Apple being at the top.

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iPhone patent flags phone status before calling

iPhone patent flags phone status before calling

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent from Apple today that details a way for iPhone users to tell if other users are available before they even attempt to make a call. The patent is called "Methods to determine availability of user based on mobile phone status," and describes how it would use similar server-controlled status updates to instant messaging products like iMessage in order to clue people in on when might be best to call their iPhone-owning friends and family.

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Google secures pay-per-gaze patent

Google secures pay-per-gaze patent

Google recently secured a patent for pay-per-gaze technology that may influence the cost of advertising for products like Google Glass. The patent notes that eye tracking systems already exist but have been limited to mostly research applications. They have never been leveraged for practical applications used in everyday life and this patent may make it possible to bill based on how many times a user looks at an advertisement, both online and off.

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