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New Apple patents hint at iWatch and wearable features

New Apple patents hint at iWatch and wearable features

The USPTO has just published three new patents filed by Apple way back in 2012 detailing smart, adaptive, and sensor-based features. While some of these can almost fit any type of smart device, even an iPhone itself, they do make more sense when put inside the context of a wearable apparatus, perhaps the fabled iWatch.

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FitBit patent applications hint at smartphone control and more

FitBit patent applications hint at smartphone control and more

A trio of FitBit patent applications have surfaced for three products (possibly devices) that cover a range of sports-centric and fitness purposes, including mention of heart rate monitoring, smartphone control, and GPS, among other things.

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Study shows patent trolls have negative effect on startups

Study shows patent trolls have negative effect on startups

As much great stuff as we see with platforms like Kickstarter, the more streamlined approach for innovation comes via venture capital and similar background efforts. A new study shines a light on why some of those individuals and companies who fail before they get off the ground do. It seems that big or small, sometimes the same fate is reached due to patent trolling.

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Apple “iFone” lawsuit ends with local telecom fines

Apple “iFone” lawsuit ends with local telecom fines

Back in 2009, Apple went after Mexican telecom iFone's trademark, using claims of expiration and similarity to its own iPhone as reasons. Apple was countersued by iFone, which says it registered the trademark long before the iPhone existed, for damages and an injunction.

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Olympus patent surfaces for Glass-like wearable

Olympus patent surfaces for Glass-like wearable

Olympus is jumping feet-first into the wearable game, with a patent surfacing showing a pair of smartglasses very similar to Google's own Glass. There are subtle differences -- a longer display, at least in illustration form, is one. The basic premise, however, is the same.

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Supreme Court rules on two important patent cases

Supreme Court rules on two important patent cases

When it comes to patent litigation, the exhaustive list of who’s suing who is tough to keep track of. That may change a bit, though, as two Supreme Court decisions put big roadblocks up for patent trolls. In putting a stop to vague or misleading patent holdings, the Supreme Court sets the stage for various battles to possibly end prematurely.

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Study: 30% of smartphone cost tied to patent royalty fees

With all the patent litigation flying around, it’s reasonable to assume it will affect the price of a smartphone. If a case is lost or settled out of court, one or both sides typically have to pay a patent fee to the other company. That added cost is not blindly absorbed by the company, and a new document shows just how much we’re paying for patents when we buy a device.

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Apple wants retrial, sales ban against Samsung

Apple wants retrial, sales ban against Samsung

Apple, who recently settled their ongoing dispute with Motorola and Google amicably, has no intent on following that up. Previous reports that suggested the Cupertino firm and Samsung would play nice has been found to be false, as Apple seeks a retrial of their latest spat with Samsung. They’re also seeking a ban of all Samsung devices that infringe on their patents.

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Oculus sued by ZeniMax, co-founder Luckey named as culprit

Oculus sued by ZeniMax, co-founder Luckey named as culprit

The ongoing dispute between Oculus and ZeniMax is likely headed to court. ZeniMax, who just days after Oculus was acquired by Facebook claimed it infringed on their intellectual property, have officially sued Oculus. They note that their attempts to solve this amicably have failed, which leads them into litigation.

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Senator drops patent reform bill amidst partisan discourse

Senator drops patent reform bill amidst partisan discourse

Patent trolling is a big issue right now, with various entities dedicated to litigiously making companies pay. Legislation has been introduced with the aim of bringing reason to the issue at hand, but lawmakers may have given up on it altogether. Unable to reach an agreement on how to proceed, it seems a solution is not forthcoming.

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Apple patents touch panels for solar-powered iPhone future

Apple patents touch panels for solar-powered iPhone future

The newest in an incredibly vast collection of patents filed for and held by Apple is an update to a previously held patent for solar panels. These solar panels were previously filed for patent to include touch-friendly pieces of equipment, but not displays as such. In this update, Apple’s newest next-generation ware may very well be the solar-powered iPhone.

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Apple and Google patent spats end with settlement

Apple and Google patent spats end with settlement

The long and varied saga of patent litigation betwixt Apple and Google has drawn to an amicable, if not somewhat anti-climatic, ending. In a joint statement released today, both companies have announced plans to settle all patent-related lawsuits.

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