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Rockstar consortium sues Google, Samsung and more over Nortel patents

Rockstar consortium sues Google, Samsung and more over Nortel patents

The consortium that outbid some big-name companies, Rockstar, to grab the Nortel patents up from a bankruptcy issue, has filed patent lawsuits against a variety of companies, among them being Google, Samsung, and Huawei. There are seven companies in total, and all of them are accused of various patent violations. Thus far, none of the companies have commented on the lawsuits.

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Apple scores victory in Wi-Lan patent infringement case

Apple scores victory in Wi-Lan patent infringement case

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.

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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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Google Foxconn patent buy amps up augmented reality for Glass

Google Foxconn patent buy amps up augmented reality for Glass

Though they've not said so in so many words, the folks at Hon Hai Precision (aka Foxconn) have just sold patents to Google that'll allow the US-based company to expand their hold on the world of augmented reality through head-mounted displays. This buy can quite readily be traced to the wearable device known as Google Glass, a head-mounted display with camera, wireless connectivity, and voice recognition abilities. This is a relatively unheard-of purchase as intellectual property is sold by a China-based manufacturer to a USA-based technology company.

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ITC to Samsung: two Apple patents infringed, some products banned

ITC to Samsung: two Apple patents infringed, some products banned

Earlier this week, an ITC ban of certain older Apple products was overturned by President Obama in a veto of the decision, something the Samsung expressed displeasure over. Following this, the International Trade Commission ruled today that the Korean company violated two of Apple's patents, and as a result certain products in its lineup should be banned from sale.

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Apple fused glass patent application aims at iPhones, iPads, TVs, displays

Apple fused glass patent application aims at iPhones, iPads, TVs, displays

This week a patent application has been discovered to have been filed by Apple one week ago, this patent application seeking rights to a method for fusing glass. This glass fusion process is described by Apple to be working with several different kinds of products, this ranging from iPhones to iPad, iPods to televisions, and displays in general. While it's unlikely that this process would affect launches in the coming months, it's certainly feasible that Apple would have fused glass bits within the next year.

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Android pattern lock patent aims for quick launch of frequently-used apps

Android pattern lock patent aims for quick launch of frequently-used apps

Android has had the privilege of serving up frequently-used apps right on the lock screen, that way you can go straight to the app in as little taps as possible. However, if you have a pattern lock on your phone, the convenience of quick-launching apps is unavailable. However, according to a new patent from Google, that feature could be coming soon.

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Xbox One AR gaming glasses appear in Microsoft patent

Xbox One AR gaming glasses appear in Microsoft patent

It looks like Microsoft is taking a dip into the wearable technology pool with a new patent that reveals plans for a pair of augmented-reality glasses that would be used during multiplayer gaming to receive voice commands, track your eyes, and recognize the faces of other players. As such, these glasses take a different approach than Google Glass.

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Apple patent shows device-centric automatic car settings

Apple patent shows device-centric automatic car settings

If you ever drive someone's car or let someone else drive your vehicle, you likely spend a couple minutes before driving having to re-adjust certain aspects of the car to meet your needs and preference: the side-view mirrors, the steering wheel, the seat height and distance from wheel. Apple has a different vision for your driving future, however, according to a patent that was dug up from the USPTO website.

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Apple sued by Boston University over semiconductor patent infringement

Apple sued by Boston University over semiconductor patent infringement

In what is probably the most interesting patent lawsuit we've seen in a while. Boston University is suing Apple over claims that the company is infringing on a patent that the university obtained in 1997 dealing with a method of making thin and compact semiconductors that can produce blue lasers on the cheap.

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ITC targets patent trolls with new litigation requirement

ITC targets patent trolls with new litigation requirement

Patent trolls are like the obnoxious cousins of domain squatters, their confrontational methods being inversely proportional to the passive coat tail riding of those who take advantage of popular URLs. The scheming of the patent troll is simple: buy up a patent portfolio or two, then start tossing around lawsuits in an effort to make some money. The ITC has grown weary of this, and has made it harder for such trolls to succeed.

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Apple iMoney patent looks to take on Google Wallet

Apple iMoney patent looks to take on Google Wallet

While Google Wallet hasn't made its way to the mainstream quite yet, the concept is such that we could see digital money replace physical money slowly over time at some point. According to a patent recently filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is looking to get into the digital wallet market themselves.

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