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Study: 30% of smartphone cost tied to patent royalty fees

With all the patent litigation flying around, it’s reasonable to assume it will affect the price of a smartphone. If a case is lost or settled out of court, one or both sides typically have to pay a patent fee to the other company. That added cost is not blindly absorbed by the company, and a new document shows just how much we’re paying for patents when we buy a device.

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Apple wants retrial, sales ban against Samsung

Apple wants retrial, sales ban against Samsung

Apple, who recently settled their ongoing dispute with Motorola and Google amicably, has no intent on following that up. Previous reports that suggested the Cupertino firm and Samsung would play nice has been found to be false, as Apple seeks a retrial of their latest spat with Samsung. They’re also seeking a ban of all Samsung devices that infringe on their patents.

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Oculus sued by ZeniMax, co-founder Luckey named as culprit

Oculus sued by ZeniMax, co-founder Luckey named as culprit

The ongoing dispute between Oculus and ZeniMax is likely headed to court. ZeniMax, who just days after Oculus was acquired by Facebook claimed it infringed on their intellectual property, have officially sued Oculus. They note that their attempts to solve this amicably have failed, which leads them into litigation.

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Senator drops patent reform bill amidst partisan discourse

Senator drops patent reform bill amidst partisan discourse

Patent trolling is a big issue right now, with various entities dedicated to litigiously making companies pay. Legislation has been introduced with the aim of bringing reason to the issue at hand, but lawmakers may have given up on it altogether. Unable to reach an agreement on how to proceed, it seems a solution is not forthcoming.

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Apple patents touch panels for solar-powered iPhone future

Apple patents touch panels for solar-powered iPhone future

The newest in an incredibly vast collection of patents filed for and held by Apple is an update to a previously held patent for solar panels. These solar panels were previously filed for patent to include touch-friendly pieces of equipment, but not displays as such. In this update, Apple’s newest next-generation ware may very well be the solar-powered iPhone.

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Apple and Google patent spats end with settlement

Apple and Google patent spats end with settlement

The long and varied saga of patent litigation betwixt Apple and Google has drawn to an amicable, if not somewhat anti-climatic, ending. In a joint statement released today, both companies have announced plans to settle all patent-related lawsuits.

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Apple awarded sliver of sought damages from Samsung

Apple awarded sliver of sought damages from Samsung

Apple has been awarded damages in the long-running legal spat with Samsung, but only a sliver of the monies it was seeking: $119 million in damages rather than the $2.2 billion it sought (about 5.5-percent). Samsung, for its part, was awarded damages of $158,000 over a patent.

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Samsung vs Apple: FaceTime takes the stand

Samsung vs Apple: FaceTime takes the stand

This week Samsung has gone on the offensive with their suggestion that Apple’s FaceTime is a patent infringer. Samsung’s own patent for compression of video before transmission is being held against Apple inside FaceTime, this new push tapping devices in Apple's lineup such as the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 5.

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Google patent details smart contact lens-based cameras

Google patent details smart contact lens-based cameras

Earlier this year, Google introduced its smart contact lenses, which function as a wearable glucose sensor that could one day aid diabetics with monitoring sugar levels. The tech giant's ambitions don't end there, however, and a patent that has surfaced shows one of its possible endeavors: contact lenses equipped with cameras.

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Microsoft and Dell pen patent deal over Android and more

Microsoft and Dell pen patent deal over Android and more

Dell and Microsoft have announced a joint agreement between the two for patent licensing of various technologies. Says Microsoft, this furthers its already extensive 30-year relationship, and allows both companies to build off of the other's innovations.

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Apple A7 chip details may spill amid patent lawsuit

Apple A7 chip details may spill amid patent lawsuit

This week a seemingly run of the mill bit of patent litigation has lit up the Apple analyst boards as the company's A7 chip has been placed at the center of a rather public trial. It's not the idea that the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation could be on the winning side of this battle with Apple that's sparking chatter, but the possibilities inside proceedings that might be of major interest. It's during the defense itself that Apple "will likely be forced to reveal proprietary details about its A7 chip", says PFHub, details Apple certainly isn't going to want to be showing off to just anyone.

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Twitter acquires 900 IBM patents

Twitter acquires 900 IBM patents

Late last year, Twitter was on the receiving end of a letter from IBM claiming the microblogging website was infringing on three of its vast trove of patents. IBM proposed an amicable "business resolution" to the budding legal dispute -- teaspoon of honey and all that -- and it seems such a resolution has been struck, with Twitter acquiring more than 900 of the company's patents.

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