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NVIDIA responds to Samsung’s “false advertising” claim

NVIDIA responds to Samsung’s “false advertising” claim

It is a well known legal tactic, especially between companies, for one to fight back a lawsuit with a countersuit. So when NVIDIA sued Samsung and Qualcomm last September, in what it claims to be the first patent suit it has ever filed, it fully expected Samsung to hit back with a suit of its own, which it did this week. But what it didn't expect was for Samsung, in the same lawsuit, to accuse NVIDIA of falsely advertising its Tekgra K1 as "the world's fastest mobile processor".

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Apple patent may crowdsource iPhone network data for carriers

Apple patent may crowdsource iPhone network data for carriers

When you’re shopping for a smartphone, you likely put little thought into the radios that receive your signal. The reason: they’re all about the same, and pretty good at their job. You do fret over carrier strength in your area, though. Is AT&T stronger than Verizon, or is T-Mobile the better choice? You can check Open Signal, which is helpful for you, but what about the carrier? A new Apple patent could give carriers real-time info on their towers, including dropped signals.

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LG, Google ink 10-year patent licensing agreement

LG, Google ink 10-year patent licensing agreement

If you're tired of hearing patent squabbles left and right (though we haven't actually heard from Apple and Samsung recently), then this might come as a refreshing change. LG and Google have announced that they have reached a long-term cross-licensing agreement that will let both companies take a peek and use the other's portfolio of patents. Conversely, it also protects both from lawsuits that involve each others patents, leaving them free to work on their products and technologies, most likely ones surrounding Android and smart devices, without fear of litigation.

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Samsung cites “collusion” as reason they didn’t pay Microsoft

Samsung cites “collusion” as reason they didn’t pay Microsoft

Earlier this month, news broke that Microsoft had sued Samsung for unpaid royalties. The South Korean electronics giant is being sued for $6.9 million in unpaid interest on a $1 billion patent royalty charge. Rather than pay the relatively small amount, Samsung is fighting this one in court. Samsung is now saying Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia violated the terms of their deal with Microsoft, making them a direct hardware competitor. In the filing, Samsung said “The agreements, now between competitors, invite charges of collusion.”

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Apple Store no longer carries Bose products

Apple Store no longer carries Bose products

A lot has been speculated on regarding Apple’s relationship with third-party entities lately, as both Bose and Fitbit have reportedly come under fire as having offended Apple’s sensibilities. In Fitbit’s case, it seems to be their resistance to support HealthKit that allegedly has them on the edge of being removed from the Apple Store. Bose and the NFL have a partnership that saw athletes being fined for wearing Beats headphones. Suddenly, a search for Bose headphones in the Apple Store brings up no products.

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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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