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Microsoft doesn’t infringe on Motorola patent, says Commission

Microsoft doesn’t infringe on Motorola patent, says Commission

As we reported on March 22, a judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission took Microsoft's side in a legal battle that has been going on since 2010, saying the company did not infringe on Motorola Mobility patents. While Microsoft was pleased with the ruling, Google obviously was less enthusiastic, and said it would have the finding reviewed by the Commission. As of today, things have once again been found in Microsoft's favor.

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Kim Dotcom claims companies infringe on his patent, asks them to fund his defense

Kim Dotcom claims companies infringe on his patent, asks them to fund his defense

Kim Dotcom, the Internet maverick behind the now-defunct Megaupload, went on to replace his government-squashed file hosting website with the newly launched service Mega. All of this followed the police raid on his home in 2012, prompting a legal battle and eventual lawsuit against New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau, also known as GCSB, for illegal spying. Now he has taken to Twitter, claiming that many big-name companies, including Google, Twitter, and Facebook , have infringed on his two-step verification patent, and in return he is asking for help funding his legal defense.

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Apple to add Samsung Galaxy S 4 to upcoming patent trial

Apple to add Samsung Galaxy S 4 to upcoming patent trial

It's well established that Apple and Samsung have been in a legal cat fight for a while now, and while things seemed to have settled down for a bit, both companies are at it again. Apple and Samsung will be going to court next year in the spring for what will be the second patent trial between the two companies, and the Cupertino-based company is looking to add the new Galaxy S 4 to the mix.

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iPhone interruptus: Apple patents considerate calling

iPhone interruptus: Apple patents considerate calling

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent that would allow a phone to automatically and intelligently select the best method to contact someone given the current situation. In order to determine what the best communication method would be, the phone would use its GPS, microphone, accelerometer, etc. to determine the best course of action.

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Patents reveal Apple’s car-friendly iPhone intentions

Patents reveal Apple’s car-friendly iPhone intentions

This week the folks at Apple have had a patent application turned up that may very well have the next iPhone controlling your Bluetooth-toting vehicle. In this set of patent applications, Apple seems to have either picked up on the smartphone vehicle interation trend early or thought of it before the wave began. In one application, Apple seeks to start a vehicle remotely with the iPhone - in the other, the iPhone can locate a vehicle in a parking lot.

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US International Trade Commission sides with Apple in Motorola patent case

US International Trade Commission sides with Apple in Motorola patent case

In late 2010, a Motorola complaint against Apple spurred what has been a long-lived legal squabble between the two companies, something Google has been on the losing end of. Earlier today, the U.S. International Trade Commission sided with Apple in a case started by Motorola over a sensor patent. Google sought to have certain varieties of the iPhone that used the patent's feature blocked in the US, but instead the patent was invalidated.

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