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Apple accuses Nokia of patent extortion scheme

Apple accuses Nokia of patent extortion scheme

Apple has accused Nokia of collaborating in patent pay-out extortion, alleging that the Finnish company has conspired with patent trolls to extract more than its fair share of IP licensing fees. In a complaint filed on December 20 in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California, Apple accuses Nokia of colluding with Acacia Research Corporation and its subsidiaries "to extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively from Apple and other innovative suppliers of cell phones." According to Apple, Nokia has used sneaky tactics to make more from its patent portfolio than fair-use requirements might allow.

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Nokia just sued Apple for patent infringement

Nokia just sued Apple for patent infringement

Nokia is giving Apple the holiday gift of litigation, with the Finnish company announcing today that it will sue the Cupertino firm over alleged patent infringement. Complaints have been filed in the US and Germany, Nokia confirmed, but that won't be the end of it. Indeed, further suits in more jurisdictions are in the pipeline.

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iPhones could support dual SIMs to woo China, India

iPhones could support dual SIMs to woo China, India

Apple has been bending over backwards to court the Chinese and Indian markets, even their governments, but its iPhones continue to lack one thing critical to these markets: support for dual active SIM cards. But based on several patents filed in different countries, that might be changing soon and the iPhone of the future might start supporting more SIMs at the same time. However, it might not come in a form that most users will be familiar with.

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Samsung scores re-do on Apple’s $400m copycat patent payout

Samsung scores re-do on Apple’s $400m copycat patent payout

Samsung's $400m damages pay-out to Apple for copying the iPhone design has been overturned, with the US Supreme Court sending the ruling back for reassessment. The court agreed to hear Samsung's complaint earlier this year, with Samsung arguing that Apple's argument that various models of the South Korean firm's phones and tablets infringed patented features like a rectangular devices with rounded corners had led to a miscalculation in what damages should be owed. Now, the Federal Circuit will again rule on whether that $400m figure is the most appropriate.

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Apple patent app outlines folding smartphone that clips to your shirt

Apple patent app outlines folding smartphone that clips to your shirt

All you have to do is go anywhere that people who have a penchant for skinny jeans hang out and you will see quickly that there is an issue with some people carrying smartphones as they grow larger. Phones stick out of the pocket of tight jeans everywhere you look. Apple has filed for a new patent and the patent would be for a folding screen smartphone that is able to clip onto your clothing.

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Microsoft Surface table could use a projector, not a screen

Microsoft Surface table could use a projector, not a screen

The word “Surface” in Microsoft has come a long way. It started out as a futuristic idea of a coffee table that also functioned as a touch screen computer. Since then it has become a brand than embraced 2-in-1 tablets, a giant whiteboard/screen computer, and, more recently, an all-in-one PC that’s a creative’s wet dream. It might, however, come full circle soon. A recent Microsoft patent filing for an “INTERACTIVE INTEGRATED DISPLAY AND PROCESSING DEVICE” shows the company toying again with the idea of a computer table, but one that uses projectors and sensors instead of more expensive touch screens.

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“Galaxy X” patent reveals Samsung’s foldable smartphone idea

“Galaxy X” patent reveals Samsung’s foldable smartphone idea

Exploding batteries notwithstanding, Samsung isn’t going to shy away from experimenting with smartphones to both push the envelope as well as be the first in the market. The most awaited innovation is, of course, the promise of a foldable smartphone. That might come really soon, based on this recently unearthed Samsung patent for what is being nicknamed the “Galaxy X”, a.k.a. Project Valley. Aesthetically, though, it might not be as impressive, looking less like a smartphone and more like the love child of a Motorola RAZR and a Microsoft Surface Book hinge.

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Apple Watch patent uses heart rate sensor to identify users

Apple Watch patent uses heart rate sensor to identify users

When talking about using parts of our bodies for secure authentication, we mostly think of fingerprints or irises. Neither of those, however, are feasible on smartwatch, leaving them with nothing but PIN codes. Apple, however, may have thought of something to make future Apple Watches more secure. And it could use hardware that already exists today and can even be found in existing Apple Watches. That is, identifying people by looking at their blood vessels and their oxygen levels.

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iPhone 8 could use this no-button fingerprint sensor patent

iPhone 8 could use this no-button fingerprint sensor patent

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are barely out the door and yet we are already hearing speculations, even leaks, about next year’s more radically different “iPhone 8”. Actually, now is probably the best time to start talking about it, given how it is expected to turn the iPhone on its head, hence the number jump. In addition to the predicted switch from LCD to OLED screens, the iPhone 8 might also finally have that envisioned all-display buttonless face, which could be made possible via Apple’s latest patent for a fingerprint sensor.

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Apple must pay $302M to VirnetX after losing FaceTime patent retrial

Apple must pay $302M to VirnetX after losing FaceTime patent retrial

After roughly six years of courtroom battles, a federal jury in Texas ruled that Apple had in fact infringed on patents held by VirnetX, a non-practicing entity, and ordered the Cupertino company to pay $302.4 million in damages. While Apple's ongoing struggles with VirnetX began in 2010, this latest retrial ruled that the company's FaceTime platform used the latter's patented internet security technology without gaining permission.

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Samsung patent shows a stylus that’s also the smartphone speaker

Samsung patent shows a stylus that’s also the smartphone speaker

Samsung apparently isn’t done innovating with the stylus. Or at least isn’t done having crazy ideas about them. A patent filed in March this year reveals its idea of a stylus that doubles as a smartphone speaker. But before you think it’s something as odd as ASUS’ Stylus Headset, it is both less and at the same time even more insane. In Samsung’s patent, the stylus is the smartphone speaker, though through some technological marvel, the smartphone would continue to output sound even without the speaker stylus inside.

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Walmart patent details self-driving shopping cart robots

Walmart patent details self-driving shopping cart robots

Imagine this future: you use your smartphone to order a self-driving car, which pulls up on its own and takes you to the grocery store...in this case, Walmart. When you get there, you just stand by the carts and wait patiently while a small robotic device fetches one and brings it to you, no searching or yanking necessary. Such may one day be reality if a newly awarded Walmart patent -- which describes an autonomous shopping cart system -- is anything to go by.

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