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Microsoft moves towards greater transparency with Patent Tracker Tool

Microsoft moves towards greater transparency with Patent Tracker Tool

In a world where patent wars are a common staple in the news and courtrooms, many companies are moving towards more transparency, Microsoft being among them. Today the company has rolled out its Patent Tracker tool, which allows anyone to check out which patents the company owns, as well as download a list of them all in CSV format.

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Apple patents wrap-around AMOLED display

Apple patents wrap-around AMOLED display

This week Apple's industrial designers and inventors have found their way back into the USPTO with a patent filing for a wrap-around display. This means that you'll have a device that's got a display that's wrapping around its sides rather than just sitting on the front - AMOLED in technology, too. You'll have brightness and light coming at you from all directions!

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LG accuses Samsung of infringing on eye-tracking patent on GALAXY S 4

LG accuses Samsung of infringing on eye-tracking patent on GALAXY S 4

The tango between Samsung and LG is starting back up again. LG is accusing Samsung of infringing on one of its eye-tracking patents. Specifically, the dispute deals with Samsung's "Smart Pause" on the GALAXY S 4 and "Smart Video" on the Optimus G Pro, both of which automatically pause video when your eyes stray away from the screen.

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Apple files for Smart Cover inductive charging patent for iPad

Apple files for Smart Cover inductive charging patent for iPad

Apple's new Smart Cover for the iPad has a lot of potential, and it seems the company thinks so as well. Case in point: Apple just applied for a patent that would see the Smart Cover being used as a wireless charger to charge up the iPad when the Smart Cover is closed. Both the iPad and Smart Cover would have induction coils to make the wireless charging possible.

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Judge cuts Apple’s award down to $600m in Samsung trial

Judge cuts Apple’s award down to $600m in Samsung trial

Remember when a court ruled that Samsung owed just a tad over $1 billion to Apple back in August? Yeah, that was a lot of money. However, it turns out that Judge Lucy Koh has voided almost half of that award down to 598.9 million. Plus, she's ordering up a new trial involving 14 of Samsung's products. Why? Koh says that "the Court identified an impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award."

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Samsung denies any involvement in UK judge recruitment

Samsung denies any involvement in UK judge recruitment

Earlier today, we reported that Samsung allegedly hired the UK judge that forced Apple to publicly apologize over patent infringement that it committed against the Korean-based company, saying that the judge, Sir Robin Jacob, could help the company out with its lawsuit with Ericsson due to his patent expertise. However, Samsung has denied that they were involved with hiring Jacob.

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Apple iWatch wristband patent shows the future of slap bracelets

Apple iWatch wristband patent shows the future of slap bracelets

Apple's iWatch has been making the rounds lately, and we've seen our fair share of mockups and possible ideas going behind the rumored smartwatch. Today, for instance, a new patent filing suggests Apple is working on a slap bracelet of the future, complete with a small AMOLED flexible display. It comes straight out of Apple's R&D labs with the name "bi-stable spring with flexible display."

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Amazon patent hints at used ebook marketplace

Amazon patent hints at used ebook marketplace

Ebooks are pretty fantastic. Granted, there's nothing better than reading an actual, physical book, but being able to squeeze a handful of books on an reader or tablet is a good deal. However, the problem with ebooks is the same problem with digital gaming distribution services, where you can sell your copy once you're done with it. However, Amazon filed for a patent that hints at the possibility that the online retailer may start up a used ebook marketplace.

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New Apple patent suggests solar-powered iPhone on the way

New Apple patent suggests solar-powered iPhone on the way

Let's face it: battery life in smartphones is pretty awful, with only a few devices that are actually worthy of a battery-life crown. However, what if smartphones were powered by solar cells? That would basically change how we use devices, and we would essentially not have to worry about battery life anymore. A new patent from Apple may very well point to a possible solar-powered iPhone in the future.

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Newegg takes down infamous shopping cart patent troll

Newegg takes down infamous shopping cart patent troll

You personally may not have heard of Soverain Software, but the company is well-known to many online retailers. While Soverain owns several patents, they're not a legitimate company, but rather a patent troll. They've been suing online retailers left and right for the past few years, claiming that their patent entitles them to 1% of every shopping cart transaction on the internet, but computer parts retailer Newegg.com finally took them down.

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Google, Apple, Microsoft given go ahead to buy up Kodak patents

Google, Apple, Microsoft given go ahead to buy up Kodak patents

Back when Kodak announced that it would be filing for bankruptcy and selling off a large number of its patents to help with restructuring efforts, we all knew this sell off would be huge. As it turns out, that feeling was correct, with major players in the tech field like Google, Apple, and Microsoft all vying for a slice of that patent pie. Today a Judge approved the deal for those three tech giants to buy up Kodak's patents, to the tune of $527 million.

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Sony patent application looks to tie game discs to user accounts

Sony patent application looks to tie game discs to user accounts

We've been hearing for years that console manufacturers will try to restrict used games with their upcoming consoles, and now it's looking like Sony is taking steps to make that a reality. Last September, Sony filed a patent application for a technology that ties games discs to a user's account or a console's ID. Should this technology be implemented, it would mean that you won't be able to play games you purchased used, rented, or borrowed, which certainly isn't anything we want to hear.

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