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USPTO’s new chief may be former Google lawyer

USPTO’s new chief may be former Google lawyer

All the talk of patent reform is necessary, and often spot-on, but one thing goes unsaid: there’s no one leading the charge. The US Patent Office lacks leadership, and the Director chair has sat empty for over 18 months. The Obama administration is now trying to fill that seat, and have nominated Michelle Lee to helm the post. Lee is the current Deputy Director of the USPTO, but also has a lineage in tech as a former patent counsel at Google.

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Microsoft slaps Samsung with lawsuit over interest due

Microsoft slaps Samsung with lawsuit over interest due

Patent lawsuits are nothing new, but there has been a lull in the legal battles recently, something that has come to a screeching halt with the revelation that Microsoft has sued Samsung. The reason? The company says that Samsung owes it a relatively hefty sum of money in the form of unpaid interest.

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Patent troll’s claim over screen rotation gets nullified

Patent troll’s claim over screen rotation gets nullified

Apparently somebody owns, or claims to own, that auto rotate feature you may have grown to love and hate on your smartphone. And surprisingly, it is neither Apple nor Samsung but a patent troll. Fortunately for the mobile world, the USPTO has just declared Patent No. 6,326,978 or "Display method for selectively rotating windows on a computer display" as invalid, in no small part thanks to the efforts of open cloud computing company Rackspace.

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Virtual reality helmets on planes: Airbus patent filing reveals details

Virtual reality helmets on planes: Airbus patent filing reveals details

This past summer, we saw a patent filing surface from Airbus for standing seats in planes. Though many expressed less-than-enthusiastic opinions about that prospect, the latest patent filing by the aircraft maker is likely to have a more positive response: virtual reality helmets for passengers.

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NVIDIA sues Samsung, Qualcomm for patent infringement

NVIDIA sues Samsung, Qualcomm for patent infringement

Samsung might find itself in court again, but this time not against Apple and this time not alone. NVIDIA has filed a lawsuit against both Samsung and Qualcomm, accusing them of infringing on 7 of its patents related to computer graphics and is asking the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court in Delaware to confirm that, ban devices, and award them damages.

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Dish Network’s Nutv trademark teases upcoming Internet TV service

Dish Network’s Nutv trademark teases upcoming Internet TV service

Dish Network's anticipated Internet TV service may be called Nutv, if a trademark from the company that recently surfaced is any indication. This wouldn't be entirely surprising, since the company has dabbled with the name in the past, but it has made a small refinement that makes it a bit more consumer-friendly.

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Disney patents show drone-controlled puppets

Disney patents show drone-controlled puppets

Disney has taken its puppets to some incredible levels, but all of them will pale in comparison to what it has planned for the future. According to some patents that have surfaced, Disney is looking to add drones to its entertainment arsenal, reserving them for use with puppets of all sizes.

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Apple’s reversible USB cable detailed in patent pics

Apple’s reversible USB cable detailed in patent pics

If you saw earlier pictures or video of the reversible USB cable Apple is allegedly planning to release with the iPhone 6, you’d know it was a cool concept. You may have also wondered how Apple was accomplishing the feat. Newly released patent info tells us, in some detail, just how the reversible USB will work.

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SLS 3D printers see price drop following patent expiration

SLS 3D printers see price drop following patent expiration

Selective Laser Sintering 3D printers, more commonly called SLS 3D printers, have long been the most expensive among 3D printing technologies, not the least of which was due to the existence of many patents related to the tech. With those patents expiring this year, the cost of these printers -- though certainly not "budget-friendly" in the traditional sense -- have seen a drastic drop in price.

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Google Glass starting to look like actual glasses in new patent

Google Glass starting to look like actual glasses in new patent

Like it or not, Google Glass is polarizing. Part of the reason it has detractors is its appearance, which is just plain weird. Futuristic, Glass is a bit too much for some, which is why a new Google patent could mean widespread success for their heads-up wearable.

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Apple might be bringing Touch ID to every device you own

Apple might be bringing Touch ID to every device you own

A new Apple patent details changes the company may be making to Touch ID. Though we’ve found it handy around the home button, it seems Apple may be working to get their tech involved in other parts of your device as well. They may also be working on a method to bring Touch ID everywhere.

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Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

Apple patent suggests Siri is coming to the desktop

A lot of what make OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 great are their cooperative efforts. Things like “handoff” make the duo work well together, but there was always something from iOS many desktop users wanted: Siri. It seems the snarky digital assistant may be coming to our desktop soon, as a newly granted patent from Apple shows just how they’d work her into the mix.

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