Google 'Glass' Trademark Rejection

1,928-page Google letter shows company really, really wants to trademark ‘Glass’

By on April 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

1,928-page Google letter shows company really, really wants to trademark ‘Glass’

Google really wants to trademark the word “Glass,” but gaining the trademark for such a common word is not an easy task. In fact, the company has already been refused by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO,) The Wall Street Journal reveals, although it did receive a trademark for the “Google Glass” term. In a letter to the company, USPTO raised two objections, one related to the fact that the trademark is too similar to existing or pending computer software trademarks that have the word “glass” in it, and one related to the actual word. More →

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2014 Apple Samsung Lawsuit

Samsung gets its first important win in new patent battle with Apple

By on April 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

Samsung gets its first important win in new patent battle with Apple

Samsung on Thursday scored its first significant victory in its second U.S. trial with Apple, as Judge Judy Koh rejected an Apple motion that asked the court to allow the company to present evidence in front of the jury that it’s actually practicing three of the asserted patents against Samsung – namely the ‘414, ‘172 and ‘959 patents. Earlier this week, one of the Android device maker’s attorneys told the jury in opening statements that out of the five patents Apple is attacking Samsung with, four aren’t even used in its phones, prompting Apple to file the motion. More →

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Obama Big Papi Selfie

Did Samsung mess with the wrong president?

By on April 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Did Samsung mess with the wrong president?

After the recent Big Papi and President Obama selfie turned out to be a Samsung marketing setup, the White House took a hard stance against any company using the President’s image for publicity stunts, CNET reports. “As a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” the White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday during the regular briefing. “And we certainly object in this case.” However, Carney did not reveal how the White House is objecting, and whether Samsung has been contacted to remove the image. More →

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Apple touchscreen patent

New Apple tech could revolutionize touchscreens

By on April 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM.

New Apple tech could revolutionize touchscreens

Apple was recently awarded a patent that would allow its touchscreen devices to detect how hard the user presses on the display. The patent, first noted by Apple Insider, uses a technology called frustrated total internal reflection, or FTIR, along with current capacitive touch sensors to determine force applied to the screen. More →

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2014 Apple Samsung Lawsuit Next Big Thing

Samsung’s ‘Next Big Thing’ ads really got under Apple’s skin

By on April 2, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Samsung’s ‘Next Big Thing’ ads really got under Apple’s skin

In addition to becoming viral on the web, Samsung’s “Next Big Thing” ads that make fun of Apple’s products and its customers apparently had a second important effect – they really bothered the iPhone maker. During the second day of the second Apple vs Samsung trial in the U.S., Samsung’s attorney John Quinn revealed that the ad campaign that mocked Apple innovation did not go unnoticed in Cupertino, The Verge reports, driving Apple’s marketing department “crazy.” More →

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Silk Road Bitcoin Money Laundering Charges

Lawyer for Alleged Silk Road founder concocts the best defense against money laundering charges

By on April 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Lawyer for Alleged Silk Road founder concocts the best defense against money laundering charges

Imagine how much easier life might have been for Breaking Bad’s Walter White if he could have laundered his meth money through Bitcoin instead of setting up a carwash as a cover business? Wired reports that attorney Joshua Dratel, who is representing the alleged founder of online drug den Silk Road, is arguing that his client couldn’t be guilty of money laundering because all of his alleged transgressions were done with Bitcoin, which the Internal Revenue Service recently said was not a currency. More →

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Apple Vs. Samsung Patent Trial Google

Samsung passes the buck to Google for alleged Apple patent violations

By on April 1, 2014 at 3:21 PM.

Samsung passes the buck to Google for alleged Apple patent violations

Samsung has apparently come up with a new strategy to get Apple to stop beating it up for $1 billion patent verdicts: Pass the buck to Google. NPR reporter Laura Sydell reports that Samsung attorney John Quinn argued during his opening remarks in the latest patent trial with Apple that “all the software on its [Galaxy Nexus] phone was created by Google” and that this software “is used by a lot of companies,” not just Samsung. Quinn went on to argue that Apple’s real beef is with Google and that its real target is every Android-based device now on the market. San Jose Mercury News reporter Howard Mintz comments that Samsung is “clearly going to use Google as this ginormous tech shield against Apple’s patent claims.” Apple, for its part, seemed to want no part of bringing Google into the discussion and its attorneys said during their opening remarks that it was Samsung, not Google, that was selling and making money from smartphones that allegedly violate Apple’s patents.

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Apple vs Samsung Patent Lawsuit History

Here’s the Samsung device that finally convinced Apple go to war

By on April 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM.

Here’s the Samsung device that finally convinced Apple go to war

An excerpt from Yukari Iwatani Kane’s “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs” published by Re/code reveals more details about the events that preceded Apple’s decision to sue Samsung. Apparently, despite Steve Jobs’s statements on going thermonuclear against Google no matter the costs, Apple was initially not so eager to sue Samsung, trying to settle the matter out of court, in order to preserve a good relationship with one of its main suppliers. More →

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Apple Vs Samsung Lawsuit

These are the 5 iOS features Apple claims Samsung stole

By on April 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM.

These are the 5 iOS features Apple claims Samsung stole

According to Apple, Samsung has stolen a number of key iOS features and design elements, and used them when making its Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Back in 2012 a jury agreed to some extent, and Apple was ultimately awarded nearly $1 billion in damages as a result. Now, Apple and Samsung find themselves in Judge Lucy Koh’s California court once again to argue over whether or not Samsung stole a different set of patents owned by Apple.

Wondering exactly what Apple is claiming Samsung swiped in its Galaxy smartphones this time around? Here’s everything you need to know: More →

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2014 Apple vs Samsung Patent Lawsuit

New Apple vs. Samsung legal battle even more important for Google than last time

By on March 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

New Apple vs. Samsung legal battle even more important for Google than last time

The second U.S. Apple vs. Samsung trial, which is set to start on Monday in San Jose with jury selection, may be even more important for Google than the first case, new reports in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reveal. Unlike in the first patent fight between the two smartphone makers when Apple said Samsung copied the design of the iPhone with its devices, Apple is now attacking Samsung solely with patents that cover Android software features. Thus, the verdict in this case is all the more important for Google. More →

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BlackBerry Ryan Seacrest Lawsuit

BlackBerry strikes major blow against Seacrest’s copycat keyboard

By on March 31, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

BlackBerry strikes major blow against Seacrest’s copycat keyboard

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest clearly underestimated the awesome power that is BlackBerry. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick granted a preliminary injunction against Seacrest’s Typo that will bar the company from selling its $99 iPhone keyboard attachment that BlackBerry alleges infringes on its patents. Orrick said that BlackBerry’s legal team had established a clear “likelihood” that Typo infringed upon BlackBerry’s patents while Typo’s legal team didn’t knock down any of the key patents in suit. BGR reviewed the Typo earlier this year and found that “it’s a well thought out, well designed, well made product by two people who can’t live without their physical keyboard.” Of course, that doesn’t matter too much now since it looks like the Typo is about to become a collector’s item that you’ll only be able to find on eBay.

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Samsung factory accident kills worker

Carbon dioxide leak kills worker at Samsung factory

By on March 27, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Carbon dioxide leak kills worker at Samsung factory

A worker died at a Samsung factory in Seoul after carbon dioxide was mistakenly released, according to Korean news agency Yonhap News. The factory’s fire extinguishing system accidentally released carbon dioxide after it malfunctioned when it detected a fire, killing the 52-year-old worker. As Engadget notes, this is not the first factory accident has had: In the past couple years, Samsung has suffered from a series of factory incidents. In January 2013, 10 liters of hydroflouric acid leaked from one of main chip plants in Hwaseong, killing one worker and injuring four others. Samsung received a $1,000 fine and a warning after this incident. Four months later, another hydroflouric acid leak at the same factory injured three workers. Samsung has acknowledged this latest incident on its website and said it would work on ways to prevent future accidents like this one.

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