This week a patent application for a next-generation Samsung smartphone device has appeared ready for imminent implementation. This device is not expressly linked to the Samsung Galaxy or Samsung Note lineup, but chances are it's about to be unveiled as one of the two. Here we're seeing a vision of a wholly modified Samsung smartphone, with a curved-glass display cover and what appears to be a new form of S Pen slot.
Cancer testing could get cheaper and more prevalent as the Supreme Court decision that DNA sequences cannot be patented opens up breast and ovarian cancer diagnostics, though experts warn that not all tests may be created equal. The most immediate effect of the ruling - that Myriad Genetics could not patent the BRCA1 and BRCA2 DNA sequences - has been a rush of other testing vendors announcing they'll be offering competition in the segment, but the US government is also wading in with talk that it will potentially halve what reimbursement it offers for cancer testing.
Amid years of court battles, the likes of which have been public in a big way, Apple and Samsung have apparently agreed to begin talks of patent agreements. This chat would be a continuation of agreements made on patents on both sides of the rail, suggesting both companies would like to settle their massive sets of matters out of court. This could be the end of the epic years-long battle between the companies on mobile matters worldwide.
Apple filed a motion this week that seeks to renew the tech giants attempt to win a sales ban on certain Samsung products in the US. Apple wants to stop the sales of certain Samsung products in the US that were found to infringe on Apple patents for utility and design. These patents were at the heart of the Apple vs. Samsung trial back in 2012.
Google has been tied up in court over allegations of patent infringement with the Rockstar Consortium. Rockstar is a consortium of companies that banded together to enforce copyrights backed by several major technology firms. Some of the major backers of Rockstar include Apple and Microsoft.
Following the long Nortel Networks patents saga from yester-year, Rockstar Consortium, which outbid other big players to grab the portfolio, sued Google, Samsung and others over alleged infringements. That hasn't been the end of recent dealing with the intellectual property, however, if sources that spoke to Bloomberg are correct, and it may be the collective has had second doubts about the value of purchase.
Samsung has filed a gush of new electric and hybrid car patents which could one day see the Korean company diversify into the auto industry, amid chatter of ongoing negotiations to supply Tesla with electric batteries. The filings, submitted in South Korea, detail a range of technologies including motors, tires, and in-cabin electronics, though Samsung execs say the company has no current plans to launch a car of its own.
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.
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.