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Google grabs six new Project Glass patents

Google grabs six new Project Glass patents

Google seems to have taken the litigious lessons it's learned from Android to heart, because the company is grabbing as many patents related to the new Project Glass as it can. The latest batch of six patents covers everything from helping the hearing impaired with visual cues to sensors designed to interpret the electrical pulses from the skin on a user's nose. None of them are officially associated with Project Glass, but the patent artwork speaks for itself.

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Oracle-Google jury mulls patent claims

Oracle-Google jury mulls patent claims

The case of Oracle against Google is going into its second phase of deliberations with the jury now mulling over the verdict for Oracle's patent claims. The jury has already given a partial verdict on the copyright allegations last week. The third and final phase after patents will be a verdict on damages.

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US HTC phones circumvent Apple’s patents

US HTC phones circumvent Apple’s patents

Apple has managed to score a victory against HTC, with the ITC finding that its Android phones infringed a patent dealing with context menus. It may be short lived, however, as it has been discovered that HTC is shipping a custom version of Android in the United States without such context menus in order to circumvent the block. The Verge has confirmed that the AT&T HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE both exclude the infringing feature.

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Ex-Sun chief supports Google in Oracle trial

Ex-Sun chief supports Google in Oracle trial

Oracle may have hit a roadblock in its trial against Google over Java licensing issues in Android. Former Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz took the stand today as a witness for the defense, disputing Oracle's claims that the Java APIs in question were Sun's proprietary code.

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ITC finds Apple violates one Motorola patent

ITC finds Apple violates one Motorola patent

Motorola celebrated a small victory today after a judge with the US International Trade Commission found that Apple violated one of the Android manufacturer's WiFi technology patents. The ruling by ITC Judge Thomas Pender is still subject to review but throws some weight to the treasure trove of patents owned by Motorola, which is currently in the process of being acquired by Google.

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Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to talk settlement

Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to talk settlement

Apple and Samsung have been at each other necks over patent issues since that fateful day the Cupertino company went after the South Korean manufacturer for copycatting the iPhone and iPad with its Galaxy line of products. Now, after almost exactly a year, the two companies have been ordered to attend settlement talks within the next 90 days in San Francisco, which will be overseen by US Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero.

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Microsoft wins delay in Motorola patent case

Microsoft wins delay in Motorola patent case

Microsoft has won a small victory this week in US courts that will help its situation in Germany, where Motorola is seeking an injunction on Windows and Xbox products. The US ruling does not prevent a ban, if any is granted, but instead delays Motorola's ability to enforce such a ban until after the dispute over "fair and reasonable" licensing between the two companies is resolved here in the states.

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Google’s Motorola deal still awaits China’s approval

Google’s Motorola deal still awaits China’s approval

Google's deal to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion is still waiting for approval by China's antitrust agency. The deal has already received clearance from the US Justice Department, the European Union, and other jurisdictions around the world, making China the last hurdle. However, Chinese regulators have added another round of investigations, which could bring further delays.

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Yahoo sues Facebook for patent infringement

Yahoo sues Facebook for patent infringement

Yahoo has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook, a first in the realms of social media and an extension of the patent feuds already blistering in Silicon Valley between smartphone and tablet makers such as Apple, Microsoft, and Motorola. Yahoo pulled the trigger today following reports last month that the company had been threatening legal action against the social network, proving it wasn't bluffing.

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