Your daily update on the patent wars: HTC just lost a point against Apple, with the judge finding that Apple didn't violate four HTC patents for power management and phone dialing. Dear lord, when will this end? [Reuters]
Quixotic patent commando Samsung continues its doomed crusade against Apple, pushing for more national bans against the sale of the iPhone 4S. This time? Japan and Australia, where Sammy's lawyers say Apple's stealing mobile tech. This is getting sad.
Apple says Samsung's blatantly ripped off its device designs. Not true, Samsung replies! Too bad its lawyer blew that argument harder than a hydrogen bomb blowjob: they couldn't tell the difference between a Galaxy Tab and iPad. In court.
Tim Cook's probably still riding high off last night's coke-and-hooker iPhone 4S afterparty, and Samsung's already trying to ruin the fun. Reuters reports the bitter patent ex-girlfriend is seeking a total iPhone 4S sales ban in Italy and France.
This will either be a godsend or a creepy nightmare. Microsoft recently filed for a patent that would allow the Kinect to scan your body size and proportions to guess your age. The idea is it'll determine whether you're of Skinemax age.
Samsung now pays Microsoft for the privilege of selling Android phones. Of course, it's being called a "partnership." And yes, we've seen this before: Microsoft also strong armed HTC into giving them a cut of the profits for every Android device sold.
It's not hyperbolic to say that Apple introduced multitouch to the masses with the iPhone. Apple thought that they could trademark it. Unfortunately for them, the United States Patent and Trademark Office thought differently. They've denied Apple the multitouch trademark.