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Skype lawsuit alleges Supernode tech impinges patent

Skype lawsuit alleges Supernode tech impinges patent

Skype blamed its supernodes for the VoIP network's downtime last week, and it seems the P2P technology is also to blame for a new patent infringement lawsuit filed against the company. Gradient Enterprises claims Skype is stomping all over its "Method for Detecting, Reporting and Responding to Network Node-Level Events and a System Thereof" patent, granted back in February 2010, without coughing up the necessary licensing fees

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Unnamed Sony VAIO tablet PC Found at FCC

Unnamed Sony VAIO tablet PC Found at FCC

A VAIO Business Group representative has filed a Sony tablet PC today at the FCC, and it's totally full of mystery. Facts known about the tablet thus far are that it connects through WiFi-only with 802.11b/g plus single band n, it comes with several model numbers: PCG-31211L, PCG-31311L, PCG-312xxL meaning it could be released in different colors, with different specs, basically anything. The rest of the details are set to be released on January 20th, which is right past the dates of CES 2010 (Jan 6-9) which is a good indicator it might be previewed there.

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Final bids are due for Nortel Network patent treasure trove

Final bids are due for Nortel Network patent treasure trove

In the tech world, the lifeblood of companies big and small is often patents. Even if a company isn't using a patent they own, they can license the tech to other firms or sue willy nilly to make money off patented tech that other companies are using. Canadian telecom firm Nortel Networks filed bankruptcy a while back and part of the filing was the selloff of many of the patents that the company owned.

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Apple Attempts to Acquire Patents to Fix for Your Snapshots

Apple Attempts to Acquire Patents to Fix for Your Snapshots

Take a peek at TEN new patent applications made by Apple that aim to increase the excellence of your photos in the future. Inside these you'll see a window into what may be for Apple, including Chroma Noise Reductions, Automatic Tone Mapping, and Continuous Image Capture. As Apple has a sort of singularity about it when it comes to features on new machines, one would hope that these camera improvements would affect all of their future devices. On the other hand, they DO tell of such magnificent features upon release of a magnificent product. Is iPad 2's camera going to feature all ten new items?

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Apple Patent Application Suggests Pop-Up Radial Menus Could be Included in iOS 5

Apple Patent Application Suggests Pop-Up Radial Menus Could be Included in iOS 5

We've already seen a couple of different patents from Apple this week, and it doesn't look like the Cupertino-based company is slowing down any time soon. This time around, Apple is focusing on creative aspects and tweaks for their iOS mobile Operating System, which is used every day on devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad tablet device. While the overall look and feel of iOS hasn't changed much since its inception in 2007, it looks like Apple is looking at adding some interesting changes to the software. Namely, pop-up radial menus for use in the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone.

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Motorola sues Microsoft in latest patent fight

Motorola sues Microsoft in latest patent fight

If you can't beat em, sue em is the mantra in much of the tech world. Patent suits are thrown around with reckless abandon with both sides of the battle often claiming the same thing. Microsoft filed another suit against Motorola that we mentioned earlier this week. The latest suit from Microsoft alleges that Motorola has breached commitments to standards organizations that allow other firms to license patents Motorola holds relating to wireless and video encoding tech.

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ITC to investigate Microsoft’s patent complaint over Motorola

ITC to investigate Microsoft’s patent complaint over Motorola

Microsoft's patent suit against Motorola will definitely be escalated into a full US International Trade Commission investigation, according to the USITC.  Microsoft alleges that Motorola infringes several patents in its range of Android devices, including how the smartphones synchronize contacts, calendars, and email; schedule emails; and notify applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.

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ITC staff say Apple’s patent allegations over Nokia unfounded

ITC staff say Apple’s patent allegations over Nokia unfounded

The US International Trade Commission kicks off the trial over whether Nokia has violated four Apple patents today, with Apple having requested that Nokia devices be blocked from entering the US.  Still, if we were the Cupertino legal team, we probably wouldn't be buying crates of celebratory champagne quite yet; according to Bloomberg, the staff of the USITC has said it believes "the evidence will not establish a violation."

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NASA Auctions off Federally Funded Patents

NASA Auctions off Federally Funded Patents

Hang a left on over to your local NASA swap meet and garage sale because NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is setting an auction up for exclusive lisence to five patents for automated software development. This happens in a little over a week on November 11, 2010, and includes patents which encompass a new method for auto-creating software code which is verifiably equivalent to "user requirements specified in natural language, graphic formats, or other formats with a known semantic structure." Why is this important? Because you were the one who funded the research that lead up to these patents in the first place.

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