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Rockstar consortium reportedly in talks to sell portion of Nortel patents

Rockstar consortium reportedly in talks to sell portion of Nortel patents

Following the long Nortel Networks patents saga from yester-year, Rockstar Consortium, which outbid other big players to grab the portfolio, sued Google, Samsung and others over alleged infringements. That hasn't been the end of recent dealing with the intellectual property, however, if sources that spoke to Bloomberg are correct, and it may be the collective has had second doubts about the value of purchase.

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Apple patents computer with extreme-angle projector, wireless charging

Apple patents computer with extreme-angle projector, wireless charging

Apple has been bulk-granted 51 new patents, Patently Apple reports, and one of them is a computer with an extreme-angle projector built-in. The patent describes a "desk-free" computer wirelessly connected to all peripherals and using any available vertical surface as a display screen. The computer would, alas, require some presumably non-desk surface to sit on, dashing the hopes of gravity-defying computer aficionados everywhere.

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AT&T patents anti-piracy measures to “protect” file sharers from selves

AT&T patents anti-piracy measures to “protect” file sharers from selves

AT&T has been awarded a patent that would let the company track subscriber browsing behavior, assign them a "reputation score", and then block "high-risk" subscribers from being able to access file-sharing services. The patent is called "Methods, devices and computer program products for regulating network activity using a subscriber scoring system". In other words, the blocking system could rely on tracking software installed on subscriber computers. The patent was spotted by TorrentFreak and relayed by Gigaom.

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Google patent lawyer to head US patent office, address patent wars

Google patent lawyer to head US patent office, address patent wars

Patent reform could well be on its way. Last week the US House passed the "Innovation Act", a bill that would make it harder to win overly broad patents and force claimants to present more detailed evidence when suing for infringement. That bill awaits the Senate. This week, it was revealed that former Google top patent lawyer Michelle Lee is to lead the US Patent and Trademark Office starting in about a month.

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Samsung vs Apple S. Korea has iPhone maker come out on top

Samsung vs Apple S. Korea has iPhone maker come out on top

There are a massive number of Apple vs Samsung and Samsung vs Apple court cases going on in the world today, and more still having appeared in the recent past. What we're seeing this week is a single South Korean case ending with Apple winning over Samsung, the Galaxy smartphone maker not able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the iPhone maker violated a number of technology patents. This ruling took place in a Seoul Central District Court and showed that at least three Samsung patents were not violated.

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Google patent describes canned responses across multiple networks

Google patent describes canned responses across multiple networks

Google has filed a patent that would alert you to important updates from friends on multiple social networks and give you the option to send them a canned response. "I got my dream job!" could be replied to with a canned "Congratulations!" with a click, for example. The patent, which was filed last week, could put Google further in the social media game, which so far it hasn't managed to dominate by any stretch.

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Apple Touch ID working with trackpad and display in patents

Apple Touch ID working with trackpad and display in patents

If you felt like the Apple Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 5s wasn't enough, that you'd like so much security in your Apple products that it's easier to get locked out than get in, you're in luck. There's a set of patent applications out there this week that show how Apple's Touch ID system could work with touchpad and display abilities in the near future. With these systems in place, Apple would be looking to incorporate multiple pieces of hardware and/or multiple use-cases of the hardware already in place into the secure system they've started with the phone.

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Zee.Aero develops flying car near Google X

Zee.Aero develops flying car near Google X

From the front it looks a bit like a catfish. From the top it looks like a water strider. From the side it looks like a great white shark. This odd-looking flying car is under development at a technology company near the Google X research facility--although so far it looks like Google is not involved with this project.

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