NASA Patents

NASA offers its patent portfolio to start-ups with no up-front payment required

October 11th at 5:59 PM

NASA offers its patent portfolio to start-ups with no up-front payment required

While most people tend to view NASA solely in the context of space exploration, the famed government agency also has a surprising number of inventions to its name. From creating memory foam in the early 1960s to coming up with Cochlear Implants in the 1970s, the list of innovative products and advanced technologies with roots at NASA is rather extensive.

Now, in an effort to generate cash while at the same time encourage innovation, NASA will be soon be opening up its patent portfolio to the masses with no up-front payment required.

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Apple Patent

How future iPhones could take a cue from… the 2009 BlackBerry Bold?

May 15th at 4:10 PM

How future iPhones could take a cue from… the 2009 BlackBerry Bold?

A recently published Apple patent reveals that the Cupertino-based company may have some interesting plans in store for the home button that graces all iOS devices.

According to the patent, which was just published late this week, Apple envisions a dynamic iOS home button that would present users with more granular input options and more.

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Toilet Paper Over Or Under

Debate over: This is the correct way to use toilet paper

March 19th at 10:30 PM

Debate over: This is the correct way to use toilet paper

Mac or PC? Coke or Pepsi? Tupac or Biggie? Some debates are simply meant to rage on for years on end, with impassioned adherents never missing an opportunity to try and convince you that you’re on the wrong side of the equation.

Well, now we can finally take one such debate off of the table — how should a roll of toilet paper be oriented, over or under?

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Samsung Patents

Building an arsenal: Samsung filed 3 times more smartphone patents than Apple in 2013

June 24th at 9:05 AM

Building an arsenal: Samsung filed 3 times more smartphone patents than Apple in 2013

Samsung has apparently had enough of being bullied by Apple in the global smartphone patent war, and it has no intentions of taking the matter sitting down. According to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 State of Innovation Report, Samsung filed a whopping 2,179 smartphone patents last year, including 1,362 related to semiconductor materials and processes. That staggering figure is more than three times the 647 mobile telephony patents Apple filed in 2013. More →

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Apple Vs Samsung Patens Lawsuit

Top Samsung lawyer: Patent war is almost over and Apple will accomplish nothing

May 8th at 12:04 PM

Top Samsung lawyer: Patent war is almost over and Apple will accomplish nothing

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is quoted as having said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” According to a top patent attorney at Samsung, however, the patent war will soon end and Apple will have accomplished nothing. More →

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Marvell Patent Lawsuit Verdict

Patent litigation jackpot: A university won a $1.5 billion suit against Marvell

April 4th at 5:45 PM

Patent litigation jackpot: A university won a $1.5 billion suit against Marvell

The smartphone industry is caught in a maelstrom of patent litigation, with Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and other major companies entangled in a complex matrix of lawsuits. But other parts of the tech world also have their woes. A federal court has just ordered Marvell to pay $1.5 billion to Carnegie Mellon University over two hard-disk patents. The judge in case slammed Marvell with “enhanced penalties” for deliberately infringing on Carnegie’s intellectual property. More →

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Apple Vs Samsung Lawsuit

These are the 5 iOS features Apple claims Samsung stole

April 1st 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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Nokia Patent Troll

Is Nokia about to become a giant unstoppable patent troll?

March 11th at 1:00 PM

Is Nokia about to become a giant unstoppable patent troll?

The Korea Electronics Association has submitted a petition to Fair Trade Commission opposing Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s phone unit. Koreans are restating the theory that many industry observers have been speculating about in recent months: the loss of its handset operations may unleash Nokia as a sort of megatroll with the power to cripple the profitability of most Asian phone vendors. More →

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Apple Samsung Patent Trial Damages

Apple awarded nearly $1 billion in huge court win, but judge won’t ban Samsung phones

March 6th at 8:45 AM

Apple awarded nearly $1 billion in huge court win, but judge won’t ban Samsung phones

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Thursday delivered her final judgement on the damages awarded to Apple in its huge 2012 victory over Samsung. The final damages don’t match the initial figure Apple sought, but at $930 million the judgement still represents a huge blow for Samsung. In the summer of 2012, a Northern California jury found Samsung guilty of infringing multiple Apple patents in its smartphones and tablets. More →

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Congress Patent Reform Support

The government is finally gearing up to squash patent trolls

February 25th at 8:45 PM

The government is finally gearing up to squash patent trolls

42 state Attorneys General on Monday sent a letter to ranking members of Congress showing support for patent reform against patent trolls. The Attorneys General letter uses the term “troll” no less than six times in the letter to describe companies or individuals that would attack companies with “dubious claims of patent infringement and using the threat of expensive litigation to extort money,” thus harming the economy and stifling innovation in the process. The letter proposes several amendments that would make it easier for Attorneys General to fight against patent trolling, in light of recent patent-based trolls attacks that have targeted thousands of businesses and non-profits.  More →

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Samsung Google Patent Licensing Deal

Samsung and Google strike patent deal – is there hope for peace with Apple?

January 27th at 8:45 AM

Samsung and Google strike patent deal – is there hope for peace with Apple?

In a move that will hopefully start a trend that eventually kills off the patent wars that have plagued the tech industry for the past few years, Samsung and Google have reached an agreement to license each other’s patents. The deal, announced by Samsung on Monday, will see the two companies cross-license each other’s patents covering IP that spans a wide range of technologies for 10 years. More →

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Apple Samsung Patent Negotiations

Apple and Samsung reportedly resume talks to end painful patent war

December 30th at 8:45 AM

Apple and Samsung reportedly resume talks to end painful patent war

The patent war that recently consumed the mobile industry and the media went from a boil to a simmer in 2013, but a new trial between Apple and Samsung set to begin in March could put patents back in the spotlight in 2014. Just the thought of patent battles heating up again is enough to make anyone cringe and according to a new report, Samsung and Apple might finally feel the same way. Unnamed officials at Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) reportedly told The Korea Times that Apple and Samsung have resumed talks and are discussing ways to end their feud once and for all. More →

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Apple Patent Sale

Apple, Microsoft and others now regret spending $4.5 billion on patents

December 24th at 6:00 PM

Apple, Microsoft and others now regret spending $4.5 billion on patents

Rockstar — a consortium of companies including Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry and Sony that purchased 4,000 patents from Nortel in 2011 — is looking to sell a portion of its newly acquired patent portfolio, according to Bloomberg. It has already sold a portion of its patents to Spherix Inc., an intellectual property company. The Nortel patents were highly sought after in 2011, with Apple, Google, Microsoft and other large tech companies vying for them. Rockstar was formed by Microsoft and Apple to team up against Google, which bid $3.14159 billion but eventually lost to Rockstar’s $4.5 billion bid. Sony, BlackBerry and Ericsson also joined the Rockstar group. More →

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