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Patent troll sues Apple, Google and everyone else, but BT denies involvement

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Oh look, it’s another mobile-related patent lawsuit. This time the plaintiff is an obscure Delaware-registered limited liability company called Steelhead, and the patent covers ‘mobile radio handover initiation determination’ – in other words, choosing which cellular base station has the best signal as the handset moves from one place to...
Patent troll sues Apple, Google and everyone else, but BT denies involvement

Google lands patent for automatic object recognition in videos, leaves no stone untagged

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Google has already been working on patents that could pick out faces and song melodies in our YouTube clips. Now, it might just have the ultimate tool: the technique in a just-granted patent could pick out objects in a video, whether they're living or not. Instead of asking the...
Google lands patent for automatic object recognition in videos, leaves no stone untagged

Best Of The Trademark Bullies: Village Voice Sues Yelp Over 'Best Of' Lists

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The latest in a long series of stupid trademark bullying lawsuits comes to us courtesy of The Village Voice (who should know better than to file bogus lawsuits). The Voice is suing Yelp for trademark infringement. The Village Voice somehow convinced the USPTO that it deserved a trademark on the...
Best Of The Trademark Bullies: Village Voice Sues Yelp Over 'Best Of' Lists

Patent Office Hires Economist To Add Some Actual Evidence To Patent Policy

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One of our biggest complaints about the way intellectual property policy is handled around the world is how little of it is evidence-based. It almost appears entirely based on the idea that patents and copyrights must be "good" and thus "more" must be "better." Yet there is, at this point,...
Patent Office Hires Economist To Add Some Actual Evidence To Patent Policy

Apple secures multitouch-related patent dating back to 1995 from inventor

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Apple has come into possession of a number of patents owned by Canadian inventor Timothy R. Pryor in recent years (see the More Coverage link below for a few examples), and it's just today been granted another that's particularly interesting. Described rather broadly as a "method for providing human...
Apple secures multitouch-related patent dating back to 1995 from inventor

RIM patents trapezoidal BlackBerry keyboards for slanty-thumbed texters

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RIM is utterly devoted to the physical keyboard, but how do you deal with sausage-fingered emailers who can't pick out individual keys? Thanks to this newly-granted 2009 patent, the company has the solution -- a trapezoidal keyboard designed to offer easier access of type-weary thumbs and wider keys for...
RIM patents trapezoidal BlackBerry keyboards for slanty-thumbed texters

Samsung patents using a phone as a pointer while wearing a head-mounted display

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We're not sure how many head-mounted displays you've had your follicles on, but generally the answer around the Engadget compound is, "quite a few." If you've ever played with such a wearable gadget though, you'd know that head-tracking, while intuitive, isn't always the most accurate way to control a...
Samsung patents using a phone as a pointer while wearing a head-mounted display

USPTO Invalidates Key Apple Multitouch Patent -- For Now

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which tentatively invalidated Apple’s rubber-banding patent back in October, has taken a similarly dim view of another of the company’s marquee multitouch patents — one that Samsung was found to infringe. Earlier this week, the USPTO tentatively declared invalid U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949 —...
USPTO Invalidates Key Apple Multitouch Patent -- For Now

Patent application highlights Apple's continued flirtation with haptic feedback

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We could all use a little feedback, right? Even Apple. The company has been toying around with the concept of haptic feedback for a while now, at least so far as patent applications are concerned. Another application filed in November or 2010 has surfaced. Of course, what we told...
Patent application highlights Apple's continued flirtation with haptic feedback

Patent application hints at Voice Actions for Google TV

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Android on your phone can send texts, perform searches, set alarms and execute plenty of other tasks with little more than a simple voice command. Google TV is, for all intents and purposes, just Android blown up to fill your 42-inch TV -- so it would only make sense...
Patent application hints at Voice Actions for Google TV

Former Google lawyer to lead Silicon Valley patent office - report

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In what could be a big shake-up for America’s much maligned patent system, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has reportedly named lawyer Michelle K. Lee as the first head of its new Silicon Valley patent office. The appointment is significant because Lee used to hold the title “Head...
Former Google lawyer to lead Silicon Valley patent office - report

Google patents continuous gesture tech for touchscreens

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Google has filed a new patent with the USPTO that relates to touchscreen-based web searches on mobile devices. Rather than copying and pasting some text into a search engine, the tech will initiate Google web searches when users draw a lower-case 'g' on the screen and then continue on to...
Google patents continuous gesture tech for touchscreens

Microsoft earns patent for claimed wireless charging improvement, pad with info screen

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Device makers are bent on bringing us inductive charging, and Redmond has joined the fray with a recently allotted patent that describes all kinds of tech that could make it work better. For the charging itself, a trick is proposed that's similar to one we've seen before -- careful...
Microsoft earns patent for claimed wireless charging improvement, pad with info screen

Google bags patent for directions based on cell coverage

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Want to get somewhere, but don't want to miss an email, or risk a break in the directions on the way? A patent granted to Google suggests it's been thinking about the very same thing. Read through the details, and it all sounds fairly familiar -- receiving origin and...
Google bags patent for directions based on cell coverage

Sony hints at future with Xperia Duo trademark

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Last summer, leaks and images of a higher-end dual-core processor Sony phone, the Xperia Duo emerged. At the time, the phone was reported to be on its way for released September, but that did not happen. Recently, however Sony applied for a trademark with the USPTO for the Duo name,...
Sony hints at future with Xperia Duo trademark

Court Says Copying Journal Articles To Show Prior Art In Patent Proceedings Is Fair Use

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Here's one that touches on both patents and copyrights. Last year, we wrote about how some academic journals were ridiculously claiming that law firms, who made copies of journal articles to submit to the US Patent and Trademark Office to show examples of prior art, were infringing on their copyrights....
Court Says Copying Journal Articles To Show Prior Art In Patent Proceedings Is Fair Use

Apple files patent application for 'intelligent automated assistant,' sounds like Siri

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Siri's managed to make it into several Apple devices now, so it doesn't shock us to spy the company's attempt to patent the polite (somewhat frosty) tones of its voice navigation system. A pretty deep patent application filed today describes an "intelligent Automated Assistant," with the claims describing an...
Apple files patent application for 'intelligent automated assistant,' sounds like Siri

Google patent delivers close-up photos when your phone can't, Blade Runners would approve

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It's been 30 years since we saw Deckard track down replicants by having a machine "enhance" pictures, and yet we're still stuck with distant-looking photos when we want more detail than our smartphone cameras can manage. While we'd argue that a few phones already live in that Blade Runner...
Google patent delivers close-up photos when your phone can't, Blade Runners would approve

Poll Technica: Flexible glass displays coming to an iOS device near you?

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Apple may be working on a product that uses flexible glass displays, as evidenced by a job listing that temporarily appeared on the company's site. The listing, seen by several sites and screengrabbed by 9to5Mac before its removal, showed Apple searching for a senior optical engineer to work in...
Poll Technica: Flexible glass displays coming to an iOS device near you?

Another Apple Patent Gets Smacked Down, And Its 'Thermonuclear War' Becomes Even More Of A Farce

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This time it's the so-called "pinch and zoom" patent getting rejected by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and this is a big deal since that patent was one that Apple used to achieve that huge $1 bilion verdict against Samsung in a California kangaroo court last summer. Now what...
Another Apple Patent Gets Smacked Down, And Its 'Thermonuclear War' Becomes Even More Of A Farce

Microsoft patents asking your friends 'does my butt look big in this?'

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Microsoft has patented an online personal appearance adviser for those of us without a hotline straight through to Put This On's Jesse Thorn. Simply upload a pair of pictures of yourself in different hair, makeup and clothing choices and let the denizens of the internet vote on which one...
Microsoft patents asking your friends 'does my butt look big in this?'

Samsung patents phone that would send vitals to doctors

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Samsung has filed a patent some time ago with the USPTO for a phone with built-in biometric scanners that is hooked up to the Internet. The so-called biological analysis device would monitor a user's health and could send that data to a hospital, diagnosis service, or a doctor located in...
Samsung patents phone that would send vitals to doctors
IBM: We're number one (in patents)

Apple scores another patent victory over Samsung in the Netherlands

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It's always the same. The two companies continue to play tit-for-tat with their patents around the world. Apple's so-called rubber-banding patent has been particularly contentious. It played a central role in a German injunction against Motorola and was invalidated by the USPTO. Now the bounce-back scrolling effect has given...
Apple scores another patent victory over Samsung in the Netherlands

Samsung biological analysis patent app has your best heart at interest

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In Patent-application-land, the hills roll on forever, while buttercups gently ripple with the breeze. Anything is possible in Patent-application-land. In this particular filling, Samsung lays out some ideas about helping you to keep your health in check. An "internet phone" and a "biological analysis device" would combine to send...
Samsung biological analysis patent app has your best heart at interest

Microsoft patent application shows event-based AR designs

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Microsoft appears to be working on its own version of Project Glass. A patent application filed at the USPTO shows a pair of glasses with an augmented reality display covering part of the field of view, though instead of being a general purpose item as Google's Glass aims to be,...
Microsoft patent application shows event-based AR designs

Sony patent application aims to put names to faceless MMO players, organize real-world meetups

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Dear MMO players, Sony's getting worried about your indoor tan. Really. The electronics giant's even gone so far as to file a patent application to get you out of your parent's basement and into the great outdoors. Alright, so the move isn't altogether altruistic -- it's more of a...
Sony patent application aims to put names to faceless MMO players, organize real-world meetups

Twitter granted patent on itself

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What do Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Christopher "Biz" Stone have in common with Thomas Edison? That's easy, they're all patent holders. Issued today, the USPTO's database details a messaging system where users can follow each other and display messages without a unique recipient. Last time we checked, this...
Twitter granted patent on itself

Apple wins patent on design of first-generation iPhone

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On top of two other wins today, the USPTO has also granted Apple a patent on the design of the first-generation iPhone. The filing is simply labeled Electronic Device, but is credited to 14 different inventors, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and lead designer Jonathan Ive. The iPhone was revealed...
Apple wins patent on design of first-generation iPhone

Mark Zuckerberg Wins Approval For His First-Ever Patent Application - From 6 Years Ago

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In the last few months, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his company public, got married and scored a nearly $6 million home loan at just over 1%. What could possibly top all that? How about approval of his very first patent request from way back in 2006 - covering privacy...
Mark Zuckerberg Wins Approval For His First-Ever Patent Application - From 6 Years Ago
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