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Apple wins patent for Slide to Unlock iOS gesture

Apple wins patent for Slide to Unlock iOS gesture

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has just granted Apple a new patent today for its "Slide to Unlock" iOS gesture. The patent application was filed more than a year before the very first iPhone and refers to the unlocking gesture in broad terms as when "contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device."

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Kodak licenses projector patents to IMAX to stay afloat

Kodak licenses projector patents to IMAX to stay afloat

Eastman Kodak has not handled the transition to digital photography as gracefully as its competitors, but when your company's over a century old, staying nimble isn't as easy as it used to be. Of course, a company with that much history has an overabundance of intellectual property, and that fact might help Kodak stay relevant in a market that has been outpacing it for several years. Kodak has announced a deal with IMAX to license its laser projection patents to the movie company, allowing it to more effectively project digital films on its gigantic screens.

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HTC loses to Apple in ITC patent infringement complaint

HTC loses to Apple in ITC patent infringement complaint

The International Trade Commission (ITC) in the US has ruled in favor of Apple in HTC's original patent infringement complaint against the Cupertino company. Judge Charles Bullock issued the ruling today, stating that Apple did not violate any of the four patents in question. The complaint was filed back in 2010 and the patents involved basic functions like phone dialing and power management.

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‘Crybaby’ Google accuses Microsoft of extortion

‘Crybaby’ Google accuses Microsoft of extortion

Microsoft and Samsung announced today a new cross-licensing deal for greater collaboration on Windows Phone 7 devices, but the deal will also require Samsung to pay royalties to Microsoft for every Android device it sells. Following the announcement, Google chimed in with a statement sent to TechCrunch, accusing Microsoft's patent-wielding tactics against Android and its partners extortion.

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Samsung seeks iPhone, iPad ban in The Netherlands

Samsung seeks iPhone, iPad ban in The Netherlands

Samsung has filed four new patent infringement lawsuits against Apple in The Netherlands seeking to ban the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and both the first and second generation iPads. The devices are allegedly infringing on four of Samsung's 3G wireless technology patents with each one represented by its own separate lawsuit.

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Apple sued by VIA over A4, A5 processor patents

Apple sued by VIA over A4, A5 processor patents

Apple has been sued by Taiwanese chipmaker VIA Technologies for allegedly infringing on patents related to the microprocessors used in its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The complaint was filed through a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware yesterday and involves three US patents.

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