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Google and Samsung Agree to Patent Partnership

“We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung,” said Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.” Read More >>

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Apple May Have Figured Out How to Make FaceTime Work With Bad Internet

A new invention filed by Apple with the US Patent and Trademark Office is so simple but clever that it's amazing it's not been done before: Cook & Co. suggests that it could insert doctored or pre-recorded images into FaceTime chats on crappy connections to keep the conversation smooth. Read More >>

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2013 in Patent Wars, and Which Companies Will be a-Trollin' in 2014

Although you probably wouldn't want to sit next to a 'technical patent litigation specialist' at a dinner party, the patent wars of 2013 had almost all the tension and bad acting of an ITV legal drama -- lengthy motions, last-minute filings, down-to-the-wire bans, a corrupt judge or two, and even a last-minute presidential pardon. Read More >>

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Adding More Layers is Apple's Patent-Suggested Plan For Fixing Maps

It's slowly getting better, but try as it might, Apple just can't top Google's Maps service when it comes to digital cartography  That's not to say it isn't still keeping up the chase though -- a newly uncovered patent points towards a raft of new features Apple has planned for the troubled service. Read More >>

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Courts Reverse Ban on HTC One Mini

You may remember last week that a UK judge delivered a verdict that prevented HTC from selling their new phone, the HTC One Mini, in the UK. But today, HTC successfully appealed against the ban, which has now been overturned. Excellent news for the company, and those of you who had their eye on the device. Read More >>

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Apple Patent Reveals Oculus Rift-Like Headset For Short-Sighted Viewers

If you're a hardcore gamer, you'll already know that the real next-gen gaming revolution is virtual reality, spearheaded by the Oculus Rift. It seems that Apple has been taking notes, with a freshly-uncovered patent revealing sketches of a potential Apple-branded head-mounted display. Read More >>

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Apple Patents Screen Technology For Curved Touch Displays

Move over Samsung and LG: Apple has been awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office that describes how they could manufacture a new breed of curved touch surfaces. Read More >>

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Apple's Voice Activated Dock Patent Wants to Turn Your Whole House Into Siri's BFF

Ever since it was introduced, the iPhone's voice activated butler Siri has seemed destined to break free of the shackles of its smartphone cell. With rumours increasing that Apple has its eyes set on entering the home automation market, a freshly unearthed patent could put Siri at the heart of that push. Read More >>

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HTC Woe: One Mini Banned, and Sales of Just 750k Phones in Last Nine Months Revealed

A long-running court battle between HTC and Nokia has just come to a head, with a judge handing down a verdict this morning that bans the sale of the One Mini effective this Friday. Read More >>

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Apple Patents Lytro-Style Camera Technology for Refocusable Images

Apple was just awarded a patent for a "plenoptic" or light-field camera, much like the one that Lytro started selling a couple of years ago. This is the type of technology that enables you to refocus photos after you've taken them. It would also seriously take iPhone photography to the next level. Read More >>

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Apple Patents Full-Screen Fingerprint Sensor Tech

Not content with making its little button read fingerprints, Apple sees a future where the entire display of a device can sense individual fingers. It's filed for a patent that can identify all ten of your fingers, letting users assign an app shortcut to each digit. The middle finger could be reserved for calling work, for example. [WIPO via Unwired View] Read More >>

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Samsung Sees iPhone 5S's Fingerprint Scanner, and Raises it One Eye Scanner

"Oh what's that? A touch scanner you say? For your finger? Ha!"...said Samsung's hardware design team before knuckling down and putting together this eye-scanning patent application. Read More >>

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Patent Reveals How Samsung Would Use That Three-Sided Phone Screen

Last week, Bloomberg reported that Samsung has plans to produce a phone with a curved OLED screen which wraps around three of its sides. Now, a patent reveals how Samsung would make use of that kind of hardware. Read More >>

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Apple Patent Supports Rumours of Pressure-Sensitive Touchscreens

Over the weekend, Bloomberg reported that Apple was working on enhanced sensors capable of detecting different levels of pressure. Now, an Apple patent for pressure-sensitive touchscreens could lend that rumour some credence. Read More >>

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Apple and Samsung Get Back in the Ring Over Renewed Patent Row

Just when you thought it was safe to file a patent, Apple and Samsung come out all guns blazing in yet another courtroom battle. It all went a bit quiet for a while following the August 2012 ruling that Samsung had indeed infringed upon Apple's intellectual properties, but now the case is heading back to the courts over the amount of damages due to the Cupertino company. Read More >>

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