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New Apple patent suggests solar-powered iPhone on the way

New Apple patent suggests solar-powered iPhone on the way

Let's face it: battery life in smartphones is pretty awful, with only a few devices that are actually worthy of a battery-life crown. However, what if smartphones were powered by solar cells? That would basically change how we use devices, and we would essentially not have to worry about battery life anymore. A new patent from Apple may very well point to a possible solar-powered iPhone in the future.

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Newegg takes down infamous shopping cart patent troll

Newegg takes down infamous shopping cart patent troll

You personally may not have heard of Soverain Software, but the company is well-known to many online retailers. While Soverain owns several patents, they're not a legitimate company, but rather a patent troll. They've been suing online retailers left and right for the past few years, claiming that their patent entitles them to 1% of every shopping cart transaction on the internet, but computer parts retailer Newegg.com finally took them down.

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Google, Apple, Microsoft given go ahead to buy up Kodak patents

Google, Apple, Microsoft given go ahead to buy up Kodak patents

Back when Kodak announced that it would be filing for bankruptcy and selling off a large number of its patents to help with restructuring efforts, we all knew this sell off would be huge. As it turns out, that feeling was correct, with major players in the tech field like Google, Apple, and Microsoft all vying for a slice of that patent pie. Today a Judge approved the deal for those three tech giants to buy up Kodak's patents, to the tune of $527 million.

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Sony patent application looks to tie game discs to user accounts

Sony patent application looks to tie game discs to user accounts

We've been hearing for years that console manufacturers will try to restrict used games with their upcoming consoles, and now it's looking like Sony is taking steps to make that a reality. Last September, Sony filed a patent application for a technology that ties games discs to a user's account or a console's ID. Should this technology be implemented, it would mean that you won't be able to play games you purchased used, rented, or borrowed, which certainly isn't anything we want to hear.

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New RIM patent filing puts “spy cam” pictures in its crosshairs

New RIM patent filing puts “spy cam” pictures in its crosshairs

There are a lot of leaks in the tech and gadget worlds, and many of these leaks center around blurry images of upcoming products that were snapped quickly to avoid being caught. RIM is looking to prevent these "spy cam" shots with a new patent it has on file with the USPTO. This patent is for technology that prevents a smartphone camera from snapping a picture unless the phone has been held still for a predetermined amount of time.

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Apple drops Samsung Galaxy S III Mini from patent case

Apple drops Samsung Galaxy S III Mini from patent case

Mark one in the win column, folks. Apple has dropped Samsung's latest device, the Galaxy S III Mini, from its patent case against the Korean-based company. Apple agreed in a court filing to drop its infringement claims against the Galaxy S III Mini. Apple initially included the device because it was available for sale through Amazon.com, but Samsung argued that the device had not been officially released in the US, and therefore shouldn't be covered.

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Marvell Semiconductor slammed with $1.17 billion in damages for patent infringement

Marvell Semiconductor slammed with $1.17 billion in damages for patent infringement

A jury has found Marvell Semiconductor to have infringed on two of Carnegie Mellon University's patents after a four week back-and-forth legal battle. The end result is $1,169,140,271 in damages that Marvell has been ordered to pay. If it sticks, this will prove to be the biggest patent-related verdict ever, a title currently held by Samsung, which was ordered to pay over a billion in damages earlier this year.

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Judge rejects Samsung’s jury misconduct claim, Apple denied permanent injunction

Judge rejects Samsung’s jury misconduct claim, Apple denied permanent injunction

Apple and Samsung have both been smacked by Judge Lucy Koh, who just pushed through dual post-trial orders: one that denies Apple a permanent injunction, and one that rejects Samsung's jury misconduct claims, denying it a new trial. This could be a first in the US, with it being unheard of for a judge to make a sweeping rejection for an injunction motion when so many infringements are in play.

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