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apple's new ar functionality can insert, remove objects from a space in real-tim


why it matters to you this patent application hints at what kind of ar functionality we might see in upcoming iterations of the iphone.the united states patent and trademark office has offered up a sneak peek of apple’s plans for augmented reality. earlier today, the organization published a patent application submitted by apple that relates to inserting virtual objects into a real environment.the application was submitted to grant an extension of an earlier patent on the technology, which was granted to german ar company metaio in 2010. apple acquired metaio in may 2015, and was given ownership over the patent last year, according to a report from apple insider.the patent protects methodology that can be used to accurately integrate a digital object into a real-world environment. one appl






a peace plan to end the wireless wars – techcrunch


boris tekslercontributor boris teksler is the former licensing chief at apple and current chief executive of the patent licensing company conversant ip. joe siinocontributor joseph siino is the former intellectual property chief at yahoo and the current president of via licensing . ira blumbergcontributor ira blumberg is the vice president of ip at lenovo . more posts by this contributorno one would have predicted that the three of us would ever find ourselves on the same side of the corporate patent wars, let alone speak with one voice about how to end them.that’s because one of us is the patent chief at a global smartphone maker (and an influential critic of patent licensing abuses); another is the former licensing chief at apple and current chief executive of a non-practicing entity (np






next-gen apple airpods case could charge other devices, just how big is it going


apple's airpods are in a constant state of unavailability, with the 'ships: 6 weeks' a permanent fixture on their product page. apple's got plans for a follow-up though, and if a patent filing is any indication, the future airpods will be a tad larger. or their case, at least.the patent docs contain the provision for the case to serve as an inductive charger, potentially outputting power to ipods, iphones, and even ipads and macbooks. it's a pretty bold claim, even if patent filings do tend to be as broad and far-fetched as possible, just in case.indeed the most likely device that you could charge from your wireless earbuds' case is the apple watch. a 38mm series 2 apple watchpacks a 273mah cell, while the current airpods case holds 398mah, tiny as it is. so a larger case could very well p






apple patent for scroll-like mobile device with rollable display surfaces


why it matters to you apple's recently discovered patent indicates the company is interested in introducing an iphone with a flexible display sometime in the future.an apple patent dating back to august 2015 has just surfaced, illustrating a scroll-like device with a bendable display. the design features two barrels into which the screen can roll up and be stored away, making for a smartphone or tablet that can be kept in a much more compact form factor when not in use.the two barrels would house all of the device’s internal components between them, according to the filing. they would also contain either mechanized rollers or static structures around which the panel would coil. the screen would deploy and retract through a system of latches and springs, along with a brush to clear any pote






the us patent office just (in 2017!) awarded ibm a patent over out-of-office ema


on january 17, 2017 -- yes, 2017 -- the uspto granted patent 9,547,842 to ibm: "out-of-office electronic mail messaging system." report this ad it was originally filed in 2010, after decades during which companies -- including ibm! -- had created and fielded out-of-office email systems that constitute invalidating prior art. the patent was granted despite the groundbreaking 2014 ruling in alice v. cls bank, which was supposed to end the practice of allowing companies to patent obvious things merely because they could be "implemented on a generic computer." the patent examiner tried to apply this standard to one small element of ibm's application, but ibm's lawyers talked their way out of even this concession. if and when ibm's patent is re-examined, the alice standard will be the deciding






new way to track auto innovation: patent filings


detroit—car fanatics wanting a glimpse at the auto industry’s next big thing used to flock to auto shows. now, many of them flip through online patent filings.auto makers, pressured to keep up with silicon valley companies working on autonomous-car technology and ride sharing, have sharply boosted their u.s. patent filings over the past five years. in 2016, 10 of the world’s largest car makers submitted 9,700 patent applications, up...






apple could soon release a smart protective case for the iphone


why it matters to you want to keep your shiny new iphone as safe as possible? apple may release a case to help you do so.apple has been making a number of efforts of late to make its iphone more durable. the iphone 7, for example, is the first iphone to be water-resistant — which is a big deal. now, however, a new apple patent hints at a new case that could make your device much more durable.the case is interesting for a few reasons. for example, it seems it can provide feedback to the phone, so if the case isn’t properly secured, the iphone will inform the user that extra steps need to be taken.more: this apple patent would transform your iphone or ipad into a macbookaccording to the patent, which was discovered by patently apple, the case itself would be made from standard materials like






apple's new patent is a hi-tech vaporizer


apple wants to revolutionize several industries, from auto to tv. could vaping also be on that list or is the company just blowing smoke?apple has been granted a new patent to develop a hi-tech vaporizer. the patent published by the u.s. patent and trademark office describes an “apparatus” that uses proprietary apple technology to create a consistent vaporization rate, meaning more liquid is vaporized and not as much is lost to cooling. apple originally filed for this patent in june 2016.it’s unclear whether we’ll ever be inhaling from an ivaporizer, however. apple’s patent does not mention the exact use of the vaporizer or what chemicals would be vaporized within. so, let’s speculate that apple could potentially be developing an e-cigarette or a marijuana vaporizer. it wouldn’t be the fir






apple granted patent for fingerprint reader on the power key


with the iphone 8 set to remove the hardware home button, where is touch id to go? the power button, perhaps. today, apple was granted a cache of 68 patents, which hint at the possible new locations for the fingerprint reader.the power button patent was filed in q2 2015, while the xperia z5 came out in early q4 that year - the first sony phone to put a fingerprint reader on the power button. sony already disables this functionality in the us, anyway, which reduces the chances of a patent dispute with cupertino.apple patent drawings of possible new locations for touch idapple’s system promises to be smaller than prior art, allowing it to mount the button even on the sides of a slender-bezel phone. the button could be positioned on top (apple’s original placement and seemingly the preferred






a shape-shifting car? patent filings point to auto industry’s future


detroit—car fanatics wanting a glimpse at the auto industry’s next big thing used to flock to auto shows. now, many of them flip through online patent filings.auto makers, pressured to keep up with silicon valley companies working on autonomous-car technology and ride sharing, have sharply boosted their u.s. patent filings over the past five years. in 2016, 10 of the world’s largest car makers submitted 9,700 patent applications, up...






patent trolls take it on the chin in new supreme court ruling


sad! patent trolls, who’ve benefited from a 30-year-old legal standard that made it possible for patent holders to sue companies in almost any u.s. jurisdiction — including a federal district in east texas that’s notorious for serving as a favorable venue for patent holders — just lost their ability to bring infringement lawsuits in such plaintiff-friendly places.in a unanimous ruling, the court ruled instead that companies can be sued for patent infringement only where they reside or where they have a regular and established place of business.the ruling is a blow to companies that hold patents almost solely so they can sue companies into financial awards.law school academics now expect many cases to move to delaware, where many companies are incorporated, as well as to tech hubs like cali






apple supplier raises patent-fight prospects as shares tumble


london—a small but critical apple inc. supplier here is raising the prospect of a patent fight with the smartphone giant after apple said it would stop using its technology to process graphics in its iphones and other devices.shares in imagination technologies group plc fell as much as 70% in early london trading after it disclosed that apple—its biggest customer—would stop using imagination technology in the graphic processing...






canon illuminated buttons patent hints at future prosumer dslr design: digital p


canon has filed a patent that shows illuminated buttons appearing on the back of a prosumer dslr camera, hinting that the feature may be added to the maker's future models. details are sparse at this time, but an illustration in the patent shows a series of buttons with what appears to be a row of leds behind them.the patent explains that the technology "enables a letter or character on the surface of a button to emit light uniformly."as with all patents, we can't say for sure when (or even if) this feature will make its way into a canon camera, but it seems like a no-brainer and something that would be simple to implement. check out the full patent for yourself here.






apple supplier imagination technologies to sell businesses amid patent dispute


london—a small, british apple inc. supplier said thursday that it had entered into a formal dispute-resolution process with the silicon valley giant and intends to sell a large part of its business amid a patent fight with apple.the disclosure comes a month after chip-designer imagination technologies group plc said apple, its biggest customer, intended to stop using its technology in its devices. that sent its shares tumbling....






china sides with emmanulle charpentier and jennifer doudna in crispr patent war


continuing the patent dispute internationally, china has now given the charpentier/doudna side a patent to edit genes in the country.crispr pioneers emmanuelle charpentier and jennifer doudna lost a patent case to the broad insititute earlier this year when the court determined the broad insititute had an application markedly different than charpentier’s and doudna’s overall patent. uc berkeley and charpentier’s team are fighting that decision in the u.s.undaunted, doudna told techcrunch at the time that outcome was a positive, “i’m actually delighted to know the claims of our original patent have been allowed by the patent examiner and can now move forward towards issuance,” she said, describing the difference between the two patents with a tennis ball analogy.“the broad institute’s paten






qualcomm fires back against apple lawsuit over patent licensing


qualcomm fired back late monday against apple’s legal attack on its patent licensing business -- accusing the world’s largest tech company of egging on anti-trust regulators with misleading information and meddling with qualcomm’s long-standing patent agreements with contract manufacturers that build iphones.qualcomm also claims apple violated california’s unfair competition law by throttling the performance of qualcomm’s modems and then claiming there was “no discernible difference” in performance between iphone 7s using qualcomm’s cellular modems and iphone 7s with intel chips. apple threatened to retaliate if qualcomm publicly made a case that its chips were better.the san diego wireless giant filed its counter-claims in response to apple’s lawsuit in january in a san diego federal cour






apple and nokia bury patent hatchet


well that didn’t last long. a fresh patent spat between nokia and apple which fired up at the back end of last year when cupertino accused the former world number one mobile maker of making like a patent troll appears to have been resolved already.the two companies said today they’ve reached agreement to settle all litigation pertaining to the dispute, inking a multi-year patent license.nokia will be getting an upfront cash payment, followed by further revenues over the term of the agreement. its suit had covered a swathe of patents, including from nsn and alcatel-lucent (following its full acquisition of both), related to technologies including software, video coding, chipsets, display, ui and antenna.the value of the arrangement is not being specified, and neither company is commenting p






apple countersues qualcomm in escalating patent battle


qualcomm, which has filed several patent infringement and patent royalty lawsuits against apple since july, is now being countersued by apple over alleged patent infringements involving qualcomm's snapdragon mobile phone chipsets.the latest legal salvo came as part of a revised court filing by apple in response to qualcomm's earlier legal claims, according to a nov. 29 story by reuters. apple's countersuit claims the qualcomm snapdragon chipsets used in android mobile phones and other devices infringes on apple's patents.in a legal filing in u.s. district court in san diego, apple on nov. 29 alleged "it owns at least eight battery life patents that qualcomm has violated," the story reported. "the apple patents involve ensuring each part of a phone's processor draws only the minimum power n






apple supplier raises patent-fight prospects as shares tumble


london—a small but critical apple inc. supplier here is raising the prospect of a patent fight with the smartphone giant after apple said it would stop using its technology to process graphics in its iphones and other devices.shares in imagination technologies group plc fell as much as 70% in london trading after it disclosed that apple—its biggest customer—would stop using imagination technology in the graphics processing units in...






apple and nokia bury patent hatchet


well that didn’t last long. a fresh patent spat between nokia and apple which fired up at the back end of last year when cupertino accused the former world number one mobile maker of making like a patent troll appears to have been resolved already.the two companies said today they’ve reached agreement to settle all litigation pertaining to the dispute, inking a multi-year patent license.nokia will be getting an upfront cash payment, followed by further revenues over the term of the agreement. its suit had covered a swathe of patents, including from nsn and alcatel-lucent (following its full acquisition of both), related to technologies including software, video coding, chipsets, display, ui and antenna.the value of the arrangement is not being specified, and neither company is commenting p






apple and nokia settle patent licensing lawsuit


nokia sued apple, claiming the firm had infringed 32 patents of its patents. image: hmd global nokia and apple have reached a deal over patent licenses and business collaboration following an intellectual-property dispute in which the finnish firm took legal action against the iphone maker in european and us courts.nokia filed lawsuits with regional courts in dusseldorf, mannheim and munich in germany and the us district court for the eastern district of texas, claiming 32 patent infringements on technology including displays, display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets, and video coding. nokia sues apple in europe and us for alleged patent infringement the lawsuits cover 32 mobile patents that nokia says apple isn't licensing.however, now the two companies have settled all litiga






china sides with emmanulle charpentier and jennifer doudna in crispr patent war


continuing the patent dispute internationally, china has now given the charpentier/doudna side a patent to edit genes in the country.crispr pioneers emmanuelle charpentier and jennifer doudna lost a patent case to the broad insititute earlier this year when the court determined the broad insititute had an application markedly different than charpentier’s and doudna’s overall patent. uc berkeley and charpentier’s team are fighting that decision in the u.s.undaunted, doudna told techcrunch at the time that outcome was a positive. “i’m actually delighted to know the claims of our original patent have been allowed by the patent examiner and can now move forward towards issuance,” she said. “the broad institute’s patent is for green tennis balls but the patent we will have is for all tennis bal






don’t wait for the apple watch to dole out medical advice anytime soon


could the food and drug administration classify the apple watch as a medical device? it’s a question manyhave asked over the past couple of years, but the stakes are now higher for the watch with its newfound ability to detect atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heart rhythm.already, apple is rumored to be working on an apple watch sensor that would detect and monitor glucose levels through skin contact, rather than through a prick of blood. although no announcement was at apple’s september 12 iphone event, tim cook has been spotted wearing a prototype glucose monitor that could connect to the watch.apple also filed for a patent in 2016 that could be applied to the watch for several medical applications, including “identifying characteristics of the user’s vasculature.” presumably, this i






will qualcomm seek an iphone ban in escalating patent dispute with apple?


now that apple has blocked royalty payments to qualcomm in an increasing fierce legal battle over patents, what is the san diego chipmaker going to do to hit back?the company hasn’t made a move yet. but late wednesday, bloomberg news reported that qualcomm is planning to retaliate by asking a u.s. international trade commission to ban imports of iphones, which are made by contract manufacturers in asia.the report cited “a person familiar with the company’s strategy.” qualcomm had no comment.last week, qualcomm cut its revenue and profit forecasts after apple informed the company that it has stopped reimbursing foxconn and other asia contract makers of iphones for the patent royalties that they pay to qualcomm.if qualcomm doesn’t fight back, other smartphone firms may stop paying patent roy






will qualcomm seek an iphone ban in escalating patent dispute with apple?


now that apple has blocked royalty payments to qualcomm in an increasing fierce legal battle over patents, what is the san diego chipmaker going to do to hit back?the company hasn’t made a move yet. but late wednesday, bloomberg news reported that qualcomm is planning to retaliate by asking a u.s. international trade commission to ban imports of iphones, which are made by contract manufacturers in asia.the report cited “a person familiar with the company’s strategy.” qualcomm had no comment.last week, qualcomm cut its revenue and profit forecasts after apple informed the company that it has stopped reimbursing foxconn and other asia contract makers of iphones for the patent royalties that they pay to qualcomm.if qualcomm doesn’t fight back, other smartphone firms may stop paying patent roy






apple lawsuit accuses qualcomm of operating illegal business model


image: sarah tew/cnet apple is stepping up its patent fight against semiconductor giant qualcomm. the cupertino company on tuesday filed a brief to a federal court in the southern district of california accusing qualcomm of operating an illegal business model.what's hot on zdnetspecifically, apple claims that qualcomm's practice of charging a license fee for every iphone manufactured is invalid. apple says qualcomm is doubling its fees by charging both a patent license fee for the use of its technology, and also for the chip itself.apple highlights the recent supreme court ruling surrounding lexmark's printer cartridge patents, in which the court decided that lexmark couldn't sue for patent infringement after it sold a toner cartridge to a retail buyer because its patent rights had been ex






apple patents method to charge devices wirelessly using wi-fi router


video: charging the iphone over wi-fi? apple patents the ideaanother patent granted to apple could mean that users of the company's devices can one day charge them without the use of cables or charging docks -- rather, all they would require is a purpose-built wi-fi router. filed on october 23, 2015 and made public by the us patent and trademark office on thursday, apple's patent application describes a system that harnesses the wireless signals emitted by routers to charge electronic devices.must read digital transformation: making it work in the real world it takes more than shiny new technologies to remake business processes. here are a few ideas on how to make digital transformation projects work in your organisation.theoretically, the router would use dual polarisation and dual freque






qualcomm warns of lower profit as apple dispute hits patent revenue


qualcomm inc. sharply cut its profit forecast, saying it no longer expects any patent- licensing revenue from the iphone in the current quarter as a result of its increasingly bitter legal battle with apple inc.the new guidance reduces by a third the high end of the range for qualcomm’s earnings a share in the current, fiscal third quarter,...






qualcomm warns of lower profit as apple dispute hits patent revenue


qualcomm inc. sharply cut its profit forecast, saying it no longer expects any patent-licensing revenue from the iphone in the current quarter as a result of its increasingly bitter legal battle with apple inc.the new guidance reduces by a third the high end of the range for qualcomm’s per-share earnings in its current quarter, the company...






qualcomm warns of lower profit as apple dispute hits patent revenue


qualcomm inc. sharply cut its profit forecast, saying it no longer expects any patent-licensing revenue from the iphone in the current quarter as a result of its increasingly bitter legal battle with apple inc.the new guidance reduces by a third the high end of the range for qualcomm’s earnings a share in the current, fiscal third quarter, the...






apple lawsuit accuses qualcomm of operating illegal business model


(image: sarah tew/cnet) apple is stepping up its patent fight against semiconductor giant qualcomm. the cupertino, calif.-based company on tuesday filed a brief to a federal court in the southern district of california accusing qualcomm of operating an illegal business model.what's hot on zdnetspecifically, apple claims that qualcomm's practice of charging a license fee for every iphone manufactured is invalid. apple says qualcomm is doubling its fees by charging both a patent license fee for the use of its technology and for the chip itself.apple highlights the recent supreme court ruling surrounding lexmark's printer cartridge patents, in which the court decided that lexmark couldn't sue for patent infringement after it sold a toner cartridge to a retail buyer because its patent rights h






apple patents method to charge devices wirelessly using wi-fi router


another patent granted to apple could mean that users of the company's devices can one day charge them without the use of cables or charging docks -- rather, all they would require is a purpose-built wi-fi router. filed on october 23, 2015 and made public by the us patent and trademark office on thursday, apple's patent application describes a system that harnesses the wireless signals emitted by routers to charge electronic devices.must read digital transformation: making it work in the real world it takes more than shiny new technologies to remake business processes. here are a few ideas on how to make digital transformation projects work in your organisation.theoretically, the router would use dual polarisation and dual frequency antennas to physically locate devices, focus the signal t






apple patents method to charge devices wirelessly using wi-fi router


another patent granted to apple could mean that users of the company's devices can one day charge them without the use of cables or charging docks -- rather, all they would require is a purpose-built wi-fi router. filed on october 23, 2015 and made public by the us patent and trademark office on thursday, apple's patent application describes a system that harnesses the wireless signals emitted by routers to charge electronic devices.must read digital transformation: making it work in the real world it takes more than shiny new technologies to remake business processes. here are a few ideas on how to make digital transformation projects work in your organisation.theoretically, the router would use dual polarisation and dual frequency antennas to physically locate devices, focus the signal t






apple files patent for woven display using light-transmissive fibers


why it matters to you apple's patents don't always lead to products on store shelves, but this one illustrates that apple has been working on this for a while now and we may see it in action sooner rather than later.apple has a habit of filing bizarre patents, but sometimes they end up paving the way for products like the touch bar on the 2016 macbooks pro. one such patent published on thursday could end up making its way into a future macbook pro, or even your clothes.the patent in question describes a “woven display” made out of individual light transmissive fibers woven together to create a display on a fabric-like surface. this is not just any flexible display though.more: apple bails out family after 11-year-old goes on a $7,500 in-app spending spreethese light transmissive fibers cre






apple could use wi-fi routers to wirelessly charge an iphone


why it matters to you needing to worry about charging could soon be a thing of the past and wi-fi routers could play a big role in that.apple may be looking to revolutionize wireless charging. the company has long been rumored to implement a new wireless charging technology into the next flagship iphone — a wireless charging technology that does away with charging mats.we don’t yet know exactly how the new technology will work, but apple insider uncovered a filed patent that could show us another piece to the puzzle. the filing describes a few ways that apple experimented with wireless charging, but perhaps the most interesting is that a phone could draw power from a wi-fi router.the router would essentially use dual polarization and dual frequency antennas, which could help offer a longer






samsung files patent for “environmental sensor”


samsung is developing an “environmental sensor”, according to the patent office of south korea. looking at the graphics in the document, the sensor most likely will detect the amount of particles along with the change of resistance and will provide data about the air quality. it will be built into smartphones, tablets and smart watches.patent application graphicsthe environmental sensor will be built into the display without taking actual screen space.there is no information if such project will ever be made for mass production. after all, the patent application is still just a bunch of documents, explaining how a technology works in theory and also giving the right to the owner to develop it.source | via(in dutch)






apple denied motions in virnetx patent case, slapped with a $440m final judgemen


apple lost a retrial a year ago in an ongoing patent dispute with virnetx over secure communications protocols in facetime and other applications, and today the latter company announced the total amount apple finally will be required to pay up, after the court that heard the case — united states district court for the eastern district of texas — denied all of apple’s motions filed in the wake of that decision, and affirmed virnetx’s motions.according to virnetx, total final judgement amount will now be $439.7 million, about $140 million higher than previously disclosed. the sum includes the jury verdict of $302.4 million announced last year, additional willful infringement of $41.3 million (upping the royalty rate per device to $1.80 from the $1.20 originally determined a year ago); and in






sony patent lets you wirelessly charge your phone from another device


why it matters to you sony's latest patent application would let you charge your phone wirelessly from just about anywhere -- albeit at your friends' expense.keeping our devices charged up can be a real pain in the butt. if sony gets its way, however, keeping all charged up could be a little bit easier. the company has applied for a patent that will allow you to wirelessly charge your phone straight from someone else’s phone.the feature could be very useful. sure, an ideal situation would be if you had access to a power outlet whenever you needed it, but the fact is we’ve all experienced being out and about and running out of battery. with sony’s new tech, you could essentially just “steal” power from a friend who might have a slightly more charged up device than you.more: action cameras f






this apple patent would transform your iphone or ipad into a macbook


why it matters to you apple's latest patent — if it comes to fruition — could turn your mobile device into a workstation, bridging the gap between smartphones and tablets and dedicated pcs.almost since the inception of smartphones, companies have tried to turn mobile devices into full-fledged desktop computers by way of docks and other accessories. and while the concept on paper sounds incredibly useful and simple, poor execution, and high cost have kept these devices out of users’ reach.now it appears apple has considered doing the same with the iphone and ipad, if an application published by the u.s. patent and trademark office is any indication.more: samsung galaxy s8 rumors and news leaksthe diagrams show two macbook-style shells, one with a slot for an iphone where the trackpad would






ford files a patent for an autonomous police car


if the fourth season of black mirror didn’t thoroughly freak you out, buckle up!ford has filed for a patent on an autonomous police car. while patent filings don’t always come to fruition, the mere fact that this idea is in development is mildly unnerving.the patent, first spotted by motor1, describes an autonomous police vehicle that would be able to detect infractions performed by another vehicle, either on its own or in conjunction with surveillance cameras and/or road-side sensors.the ai-powered police car could then remotely issue citations or pursue the vehicle. or (and this is where it gets really creepy), “the method may further involve the processor remotely executing one or more actions with respect to the first vehicle,” according to the patent.in other words, the autonomous pol






court ruling puts patent trolls in their place


patent trolls are almost as plentiful and harder to kill than cockroaches. give the supreme court credit for taking a big step last week to put them in their place.the court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that patent lawsuits can only be filed in a court where a defendant is incorporated or has a “regular and established place of business.” the ruling should mean the end of patent trolls shopping for plaintiff-friendly district courts across the nation that have a reputation for handing trolls a better chance of winning.it’s a major win for the tech industry that should be celebrated throughout silicon valley.patent trolls are the bane of tech companies everywhere. they acquire patents, usually from small firms or inventors, and then look for companies they can aggressively sue for infrin






supreme court ruling could hamper patent lawsuits by ‘trolls’


so-called ‘patent trolls’ have often sued in remote federal courts that have a reputation for friendliness to plaintiffs. patent lawyers said monday’s ruling would change the litigation landscape for patent suits by barring such ‘forum shopping.’washington — the supreme court on monday placed tight limits on where patent lawsuits may be filed — a unanimous decision that was a blow to so-called patent trolls, or companies that buy patents not to use them but to demand royalties and sue for damages.such companies have often sued in remote federal courts that have a reputation for friendliness to plaintiffs. more than 40 percent of patent lawsuits, for instance, are filed in a federal court in east texas.in recent years, a single judge based in marshall, texas, oversaw about a quarter of all






how a patent case may shake up the domination of eastern texas


washington—businesses, particularly those in the tech sector, are watching closely a case to be argued in the supreme court next week challenging a system that has led to a concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions such as eastern texas.the companies, often defendants in a patent-litigation boom of the last decade, are looking to the high court to curb what they say is “pervasive and pernicious forum...






high-court case to challenge jurisdiction ‘shopping’ in patent suits


washington—businesses, particularly those in the tech sector, are watching closely a case to be argued in the supreme court next week challenging a system that has led to a concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions such as eastern texas.the companies, often defendants in a patent-litigation boom of the last decade, are looking to the high court to curb what they say is “pervasive and pernicious forum...






samsung patent says future selfie cameras may sit behind the screen


fingerprint readers were pushed to the back by shrinking bezels but may return to the front, except they’ll live below the screen. you can’t put a selfie camera on the back, however, which resulted in notches on some phones – like the iphone x and the essential phone. but can cameras join the fingerprint reader and live below the screen too?patent drawings of putting the selfie camera, earpiece and sensors behind the screena samsung patent shows such a device. it goes a step further and moves everything under the surface – including the earpiece, the proximity and ambient light sensors. the xiaomi mi mix (an early mover in the bezel-less game) already had an earpiece below the screen but it didn’t sound great.the mix also put the selfie camera on the bottom, not our favorite position. this






why we stepped up to the patent troll problem


entrepreneurs don’t pour all their energy into building startups just to have a patent assertion entity (pae, or “patent troll”) attack them with patents of questionable quality. that is, unfortunately, a very common patent troll story. the pae problem is big and growing, posing a threat to startups and established companies alike, costing companies millions in defensive litigation fees and diverting money that would be better spent on innovation.media mostly report on patent troll cases against prominent companies, but the reality is that startups are attacked just as often, and the damage can be worse. more than half of the businesses targeted by patent trolls make less than $10 million per year.why do paes do it? because it’s lucrative. given that the average cost of defending a patent






canon illuminated buttons patent hints at future prosumer dslr design: digital p


canon has filed a patent that shows illuminated buttons appearing on the back of a prosumer dslr camera (7d/5d-like design), hinting that the feature may be added to the maker's future models. details are sparse at this time, but an illustration in the patent shows a series of buttons with what appears to be a row of leds behind them.the patent implies that this tech is about lighting up buttons while simultaneously preventing light leaks, explaining that this particular design: "enables a letter or character on the surface of a button to emit light uniformly [...] without providing any dedicated separate member for light guiding and light shielding, and can prevent light leakage to the inside and outside of the device."as with all patents, we can't say for sure when (or even if) this feat






supreme court limits where patent lawsuits can be filed


washington—the supreme court limited the ability of patent holders to bring infringement lawsuits in courts that have plaintiff-friendly reputations, a major decision that could provide a boost to companies that defend against patent claims.the high court, in an opinion by justice clarence thomas, ruled unanimously that a specialized appeals court has been following an incorrect legal standard for almost 30 years that made it...






apple patents avatar creation app that looks like its own version of bitmoji


why it matters to you apple users who would like to present a cartoon version of themselves to the world in the form of an online avatar may not have long to wait.apple could soon start developing an avatar creation app that would allow you to make an animated version of yourself to use across its software and online games. the tech giant has been granted a patent for a product listed as an “avatar editing environment” that looks like its version of snap’s popular bitmoji app or the nintendo mii.the patent, which was filed in 2011, describes a mobile app, web page, or application programming interface (api) that offers the ability to craft a 2d or 3d avatar, reports macrumors. the tool would allow users to manually or automatically craft their digital likeness by editing facial and fashion






apple looks to be working on voice biometrics for siri and beyond


why it matters to you while most voice-enabled software today recognizes what someone is saying instead of who is saying it, a new apple patent could change all that.siri could soon be loyal to you and you alone. that is, the siri that lives on your iphone, of course. as per a new patent application discovered by patently apple, it would appear that the iempire is working on a new security feature that includes facial and voice recognition. in essence, you could set a vocal password featuring an audio footprint, a sort of voice biometrics, and only be able to access your phone (or tell siri what to do) if you’re … you. or at least, sound like you.as it stands, your iphone is capable of recognizing what someone says, but not who is actually saying it. that means that just about anyone could