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Apple patent shows device-centric automatic car settings

Apple patent shows device-centric automatic car settings

If you ever drive someone's car or let someone else drive your vehicle, you likely spend a couple minutes before driving having to re-adjust certain aspects of the car to meet your needs and preference: the side-view mirrors, the steering wheel, the seat height and distance from wheel. Apple has a different vision for your driving future, however, according to a patent that was dug up from the USPTO website.

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ITC targets patent trolls with new litigation requirement

ITC targets patent trolls with new litigation requirement

Patent trolls are like the obnoxious cousins of domain squatters, their confrontational methods being inversely proportional to the passive coat tail riding of those who take advantage of popular URLs. The scheming of the patent troll is simple: buy up a patent portfolio or two, then start tossing around lawsuits in an effort to make some money. The ITC has grown weary of this, and has made it harder for such trolls to succeed.

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President Obama’s war against patent trolls gets lawmaker support

President Obama’s war against patent trolls gets lawmaker support

A few days ago, the Obama administration announced that they would be cracking down on patent abusers by making some changes to the US Patent and Trademark Office, as well as get the International Trade Commission involved to help fight against frivolous complaints by tech companies to get import bans on competitor products. Several lawmakers are joining the war as well, urging the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on patent trolls.

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President Obama aims to put an end to patent trolling

President Obama aims to put an end to patent trolling

We're pretty familiar with patent trolls around here, mostly because the technology industry is filled with them. However, President Obama wants to take executive action in order to cut down on patent abuse in the system. It's reported that the White House will reveal its plans tomorrow that includes some changes being made to the Patent and Trademark Office.

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Xbox One tipped for TV achievements with new Microsoft patent

Xbox One tipped for TV achievements with new Microsoft patent

The recently-announced Xbox One is coming with new ways earn achievements playing your favorite games, but TV achievements might be coming as well. Microsoft applied for a patent that details a feature that would give users achievements for watching television. Yes, according to Microsoft, sitting on the couch with a dumb look on your face while watching a TV show is considered an "achievement."

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