Lenovo acquires 3G and LTE patents from NEC

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It seems the hunt for Patents is not over yet as Lenovo recently announced that it has purchased a portfolio of patents from NEC consisting of 3,800 patents filed in countries from around the globe.

The portfolio consists mainly of patents related to mobile technologies and features found in high-end smartphones as well as standard essential patents for 3G and LTE. The company stated that this will give them the additional intellectual property assets needed in order to continue to expand.

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Samsung patent approved for phone with 21:9 aspect ratio

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We have some news from the US Patent and Trademark Office: Samsung was recently granted a patent for a unique-looking device. It’s a mobile phone, but is much longer than what we’re used to seeing.

The device appears to have a 21:9 aspect ratio display, a ratio commonly seen on some widescreen televisions. We won’t really be able to tell whether this is a good idea or not until the details of the project are released in full, but it certainly seems interesting.

We don’t know when (or whether) we’ll see this phone, but stay tuned for more.

Source: US Patent and Trademark Office

New patent application suggests Samsung might be working on a new device unlocking feature

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According to a new recent patent application with USPTO, Samsung might be working on a new feature related to device unlocking. The patent application suggests that the company is working on a feature, similar to LG’s Knock Code, that will allow users to unlock their device just by touching on the display and dragging around to draw a figure with at least one intersection.

The description says that this feature will work even when your device’s display is off which means that users will no longer need to push the power key in order to turn on the display to use the feature. The shape, size or position of the drawing is not important given that there is at least one intersection point. In addition, users can assign a function two two, three or more intersection points. For example, you can assign WhatsApp to two intersection points so that when you draw a figure and there’s two intersection points, the application will be launched.

Source: USPTO
Via: PhoneArena

Google and Samsung worried about Microsoft-Nokia deal

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Google and Samsung are worried about the consequences of a successful takeover deal between Microsoft and Nokia. According to a new report by Bloomberg, Google and Samsung held a talk with China’s Ministry of Commerce regarding licensing fees, citing two government officials familiar with the matter.

The two companies asked the Ministry of Commerce to ensure that the Microsoft-Nokia deal would not result in higher patent licensing fees, specifically in wireless technologies that will remain under the control of Nokia. In addition, two other companies, Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp., have expressed their concern regarding this matter. The companies have asked the regulators to set conditions on the deal.

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Queen’s University files patent lawsuit against Samsung over “Smart Pause” feature

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Queen’s University in Canada and a related non-for-profit entity, PARTEQ Innovations, have filed a lawsuit against Samsung alleging the company’s “Smart Pause” technology infringes on a patent filed by the university back in March 2003. The patent was for a technology called “Attentive User Interface” (AUI) which would track the eyes of a user and cause a device to perform certain actions based on detected eye movements. For instance, if a user looked away from a screen, a video being played on the device would pause. You may recognize this as being similar, if not the same, as Samsung’s Smart Pause feature found on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. » Read the rest

HTC and Nokia sign a patent and technology collaboration agreement

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Nokia and HTC have decided to bring an end to the long patent war that they were having for quite some time now. Both the companies have settled all pending patent litigation and signed an agreement to licence each other’s technology. HTC will be paying Nokia to license its patent portfolio and they will also collaborate for future opportunities. The details of the agreement were kept confidential and will not be released

“We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long standing licensee for Nokia’s standards essential patents,” said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia. “This agreement validates Nokia’s implementation patents and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities.” » Read the rest

Patent by LG reveals snap-on smartwatch concept

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LG-smartwatch-stylus-patent-slapwatchRemember those slap-on watches that were popular years ago? Well, LG of all people looks like they want to bring them back. According to a recent patent by the company, they’re working on a smartwatch that can wrap itself around your wrist, looking more like a bracelet than a watch (as pictured above). Not just that, but the strap will be able to be fully extended and used as a stylus. Quite an idea.

There’s no guarantee that this will evolve into anything real for LG, but LG does have a smartwatch in the works, according to reports.

Source: US Patent & Trademark Office
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Samsung granted patent for design of smartphone with no buttons

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Today the USPTO granted Samsung a new design patent which shows a smartphone with no buttons on the front. The patent comes after Samsung was recently granted another patent for a buttonless phone. The first patent may actually be related to either the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 4, and the newer one is likely related to the Galaxy S5.

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German court dismisses Nokia patent lawsuit against HTC

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HTC finally caught a break! One of Nokia’s patent lawsuits against HTC in Germany has been dismissed. Wondering what the lawsuit was about? Apparently Nokia owns a patent on receiving phone calls on a device while it’s updating. We’ll argue about how silly that patent is later.

HTC was clearly thrilled about the news, and they believe that it may eventually lead to Nokia’s patent being invalidated. Nokia, on the other hand, may try to appeal the case, but I can’t imagine they’d have much more luck a second time around.

We finally have some good patent lawsuit news. Hopefully we’ll see more of that in 2014.

source: FOSS Patents

via: Android Authority

Samsung and Apple to meet at mediation session before March court battle begins

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The Samsung vs. Apple battle is truly never going to end until one of the two companies agrees to leave the tech industry forever. But this time, the two sides were able to come to a mutual agreement…to meet at a mediation session before battling in court once again in March over smartphone patents.

The session will be attended by Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon along with their in-house lawyers.

The past has been rough for these two companies, and don’t expect anything to clear up anytime soon either.

Source: Reuters