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Google awarded patent for their smart contact lens

Google awarded patent for their smart contact lens

Remember the Google X skunkworks project that saw the company imagining contact lenses that could monitor your glucose levels? Sounded weird, and more like some means to an end for a bigger project. Then we found Google had a partner in Novartis, and the contact lens that could monitor your health seemed a bit closer to reality. It’s now even closer to being on your eye, as Google has been granted a patent to manufacture the lenses, which have multiple layers and their own chipset.

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Apple patent points to real-time location tracking

Apple patent points to real-time location tracking

In the ‘Messages’ app on your iPhone, it’s possible to see where the people you’re chatting with are on a map, should they share their location. The feature was touted as a reason we should all have Family Sharing groups, as keeping track of each other is sometimes critical. Apple’s Find My Friends app is central for letting you know where all your contacts may be on a map, and a newly granted patent takes the location sharing much further, possibly allowing for location tracking.

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Apple patent points to dock that is potentially an IoT hub

Apple patent points to dock that is potentially an IoT hub

A patent application from Apple, published today, reveals a new accessory. It’s not a USB-C cable, nor is it a new cover for an iPad. This one is listed as a dock, presumably for the iPhone (though any Apple handheld can probably be used), which makes use of a second screen and inductive charging. The dock also supports gesture controls, and has features for wireless communication with other gadgets. From the sound of the patent, this dock is a lot more than a place to rest your phone.

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USPTO’s new director is former Googler Michelle Lee

USPTO’s new director is former Googler Michelle Lee

We have been hearing rumbles for a long while now that former Google executive Michelle Lee could become the new head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and after a couple years of waiting, the news has become official. Back in October 2014, the Obama administration nominated Lee for the position, and as of today the Senate has confirmed her new role. Among other things, Lee previously served as the lead of Google's patents and patent strategy department.

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Microsoft to sue Kyocera over new Android patent infringement

Microsoft to sue Kyocera over new Android patent infringement

It wasn't too long ago when it felt like all the big smartphone players, like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft, were involved in lawsuits and countersuits against each other over patents. Well, a new one is popping up, this time involving Japan's Kyocera. Microsoft filed a lawsuit last week against Kyocera for infringing on several patents with its Android-powered smartphones. Microsoft has mentioned that it's hoping to find an amicable solution, but the suit is seeking financial damages.

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Ericsson ramps up patent battle with Apple

Ericsson ramps up patent battle with Apple

Ericsson has set its sights on Apple, accusing the company of infringing dozens of its patents for different aspects of mobile device communications, as well as user interfaces and more. According to Ericsson, the company has offered licensing options to Apple, but the latter company has turned them down (and likewise engaged in a legal battle of its own). Now Ericsson is threatening to file seven more lawsuits in the United States, and it is seeking to block Apple product sales in the US.

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Apple sued again by firm that just snatched $529 million from them

Apple sued again by firm that just snatched $529 million from them

Just days ago, Apple found itself on the losing end of a lawsuit. The $529 million judgement came to the chagrin of many, but not because Apple had done anything overtly wrong.The ruling was in favor of Smartflash LLC, often described as a patent troll. The lawsuit was in regard to that slippery slope of intellectual property, where Smartflash claims Apple trampled on several patents they hold. With a half-billion dollar ruling under their belt, Smartflash is at it again — with Apple, again.

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Apple loses $532.9 million patent lawsuit

Apple loses $532.9 million patent lawsuit

In the latest case, Smartflash LLC v. Apple Inc., Apple was ordered by a federal jury to pay $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash LLC in a Texas courtroom. Smartflash is a small company that successfully took down Apple over intellectual property rights. Smartflash claims Apple infringed on three of their patents. They originally sought $852 million in damages while Apple contested that damages should be limited to $4.5 million. Smartflash has also sued Samsung and Google using the same patents pertaining to digital rights management, data storage, and managed access payment systems.

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Patent shows how FaceTime may soon see screen sharing

Patent shows how FaceTime may soon see screen sharing

Apple’s FaceTime is a great way to stay connected form afar. Though you can get some eye-to-eye interaction, that doesn’t help when you’re trying to read your little one a bedtime story, or share some in-app features with a colleague. A new patent, granted to Apple, details just how that might change in the near future. In addition to sharing your screen with others, you might even have the chance to collaborate on what you see on-screen.

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Samsung and Microsoft end royalty payments dispute

Samsung and Microsoft end royalty payments dispute

Microsoft and Samsung's very public tiff over patent royalty late fee payments has come to a private end, with both companies making a brief announcement today about a new agreement between them. Says both companies, "Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute in U.S. court as well as the ICC arbitration." They go on to says that the terms under which this agreement was struck are confidential, and leave the rest of the details in the dark.

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