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Samsung vs Apple patent appeal rejected by US Supreme Court

Samsung vs Apple patent appeal rejected by US Supreme Court

It’s nearly 2018 and Apple and Samsung are still going at it in patent lawsuits. The battle that has been raging for nearly a decade, however, might be at a close now that the Supreme Court has finally put its foot down. Unfortunately for Samsung, that means it will indeed have to fork over the $119.6 million a jury awarded to Apple years ago. But while the sum is peanuts for Samsung, and only a fraction of what Apple wanted, the loss is nonetheless legal leverage Apple can exploit in the future.

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Samsung wireless charger plans include Apple AirPower rival

Samsung wireless charger plans include Apple AirPower rival

A Samsung patent reveals that the South Korean company is working on a dual wireless charger not unlike the AirPower charger Apple unveiled in recent weeks. The patent was published by the USPTO and reveals a charging pad that could be used to charge two phones at once or, as another example, a phone and a smartwatch.

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Qualcomm wants iPhone banned in China as legal battle grows

Qualcomm wants iPhone banned in China as legal battle grows

In its latest legal move against Apple, Qualcomm is seeking to have the iPhone banned in China. The company has filed lawsuits against Apple in a Beijing court dealing with intellectual property, arguing that Apple is infringing on some of its patents. The matter has been dragging on for months and started with a lawsuit filed by Apple against Qualcomm earlier this year.

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Apple patent details smart blood pressure monitoring system

Apple patent details smart blood pressure monitoring system

A freshly surfaced Apple patent details a smart blood pressure monitoring device that would automatically measure a user's blood pressure. The patent was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office today, though it shows that Apple filed it back in April 2016. In it, the company refers to the system as an "Intelligent Blood Pressure Monitoring" technology.

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Google just patented a new kind of laptop

Google just patented a new kind of laptop

A new kind of notebook computer was granted a patent for Google this week by the USPTO. In this patent, a notebook with a new method for multiple use-case scenarios was presented. Instead of what the patent calls an "uncomfortable 'squishy' feeling", the user would cover the notebook's keyboard when the notebook is in "tablet" mode, doing so with a panel on a powerful hinge.

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US ITC will investigate Apple over Qualcomm’s patent infringement claim

US ITC will investigate Apple over Qualcomm’s patent infringement claim

The U.S. International Trade Commission has revealed plans to investigate Apple over Qualcomm's claims that the company is infringing some of its patents. According to the ITC, it received a complaint from Qualcomm on July 7; following a vote, the commission decided to proceed with a probe into the matter, saying it will have its results 'at the earliest practicable time.' It notes that the commission hasn't yet made any determinations about the case's merit.

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Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon had an idea for a robot that would live its life charging up other devices. This robot would call when bidden, and would be able to follow the user around when there's a need to walk. This robot - or army of robots - would address a problem that many citizens have at airports every single day of the year. It'd do a lot more good than those confounded outlet stickers, anyway.

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Nokia and Xiaomi join forces: global mobile incoming

Nokia and Xiaomi join forces: global mobile incoming

Two power teams of mobile device creators have joined forces this week: Xiaomi and Nokia. Nokia is a legendary mobile phone maker that's gone through some unprecedented changes over the last few years. Xiaomi is still a relative up-and-comer in the business, based in China and set to expand across the whole earth with their high-quality low-cost devices.

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Apple’s paper bag patent granted

Apple’s paper bag patent granted

Back in July of 2016, Apple filed a patent for a paper bag - here in May of 2017, Apple has been granted that patent. Invented by an impressive 22 people and filed for a term of 15 years, Apple now owns the ornamental design for the bag that Apple products come in when sold by Apple Stores. This is the sort of bag that customers feel guilty about throwing away, it's made so extremely well and designed so nicely.

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Google PAX patent alliance to keep Android enemies at bay

Google PAX patent alliance to keep Android enemies at bay

The patent system was formed in order to foster innovation but, unsurprisingly, some enterprising people have been able to turn it into a business. To be more specific, some have the business of suing others for patents they never created or never use. Yes, these are the patent trolls that threaten even giants like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. In order to protect its often-targeted platform, Google has formed the "Android Networked Cross-License Agreement" with its hardware partners. And to give it a catchier name, Google is calling it "PAX", the Latin word for "peace".

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This Google hat is an all-in-one camera broadcasting system

This Google hat is an all-in-one camera broadcasting system

The latest patent oddity comes from Google, which has detailed a wearable baseball hat/camera/broadcasting system that would, in theory at least, make it easy to share your world with the rest of the world. The camera system involves a battery-toting baseball cap with a camera and microphone clipped onto the brim, a bone conduction speaker tucked away somewhere near the wearer's skull, and Bluetooth connectivity for pairing with a smartphone.

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Dyson patent details ‘high-velocity’ brush that can dry and curl hair

Dyson patent details ‘high-velocity’ brush that can dry and curl hair

Dyson has patented a new device described as a ‘high-velocity’ hairbrush that can dry and curl hair as well as untangle it. The patent shows a long cylindrical brush with rows of bristles on one end and what appears to be a power cord on the other. This would essentially be a hot brush with the ability to blow air through small slots to also double as a hairdryer, cutting down grooming time and only requiring one hand.

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