New patent for Samsung reveals work on Iconic UX user interface

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A new patent that was filed in Korea reveals some work Samsung has been pursuing in developing new multi-window features for a user interface dubbed Iconic UX. The interface appears to be focused on an interface that provides several windows for apps to utilize. Similar to what Samsung has done with their Touchwiz multi-window function, users would be able to share content between open windows using drag and drop type interactions.
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Judge Lucy Koh sides with Samsung, says Apple won’t be reimbursed for $16 million in legal fees

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The latest news from Apple and Samsung’s never-ending court battles has to do with Apple’s hefty legal fees. Apple wanted Samsung to pay for the $16 million in attorney fees that Apple spent during four trade dress claims against Samsung relating to the iPhone, iPad, and iPad 2.

Legally, Apple would have only been reimbursed if the court found the case “exceptional.” Since Judge Lucy Koh decided that some of Samsung’s patent infringement was based on function, it wasn’t an “exceptional” case, and refused to make Samsung pay for Apple’s fees. She did, however, release Apple’s $2.6 million bond that was pending from a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
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New Google patent hints at a more traditional Glass design

glass-update-1There is no denying that Google Glass is very, very cool. But there is also no denying that Google Glass doesn’t look very cool. In fact it looks exactly like a pair of glasses with an external prism and projector attached to it, looking more like something Data from the Goonies would wear, and not a gadget aimed at the average consumer. Luckily Google filed a patent last week that seems to be an attempt at making the Glass less conspicuous and more socially acceptable.


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USPTO nixes Apple patent, could benefit Samsung with trial damages

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The USPTO has issued a ruling on an Apple patent related to predictive text input declaring the patent invalid. The decision on US Patent No 8,074,172 centered on claim 18 of the patent which was defeated on the basis of prior art. The patent in question was one of two that a jury recently determined had been infringed upon by Samsung in a lawsuit brought by Apple.
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Facebook files patent for unibody phone design, could be new Facebook Phone

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Despite the original Facebook phone and the HTC First both being complete failures, Facebook isn’t giving up on the mobile hardware business. The latest patent shows Facebook has ideas in mind for a unibody, slim device that involves “co-molding the display with the body of a device.” It sounds like something HTC would do, but this Facebook’s patent, not HTC.
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Motorola ordered to stop selling phones infringing on antenna patent in Germany

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Some bad news for Motorola today, as the regional court in Mannheim, Germany has ruled that Motorola has infringed on an antenna patent owned by LPKF Laser & Electronics AG.

Because of the infringement, Motorola has been ordered to stop selling mobile phones in Germany which infringe on the patent. To get things going again, Motorola will have to adjust its devices to steer clear of the infringement.

Source: Reuters

Samsung patents leaked showing what could be their next wearable device

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There have been a number of rumors about Samsung‘s upcoming wearable device which is supposed to be able to take and make calls, and include a heart rate monitor and GPS. Recently a few of Samsung’s patent applications were released, showing what could be that device.

The device looks quite similar to the Motorola Moto 360, and a number of the patents are related to the gestures that are used to control the device. While it is strange that the patents are leaked around the same time as rumors of a new Samsung wearable, the patents do describe a device that get connectivity through being paired with a smartphone or tablet. Because of this, either the recent rumors are wrong, or the device in the patents is unrelated to the wearable expected from Samsung this summer. Hit the break for more images!


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Google patent describes integration between Google+ and wireless carriers

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A new patent application with the USPTO titled Integration of Carriers with Social Networks describes how a “circle-based” social network could interface with wireless carriers to make it easier for people to connect. The description in the patent application indicates the social network could scan contact information that a user has connected to their account, like contacts in Google+, and cross-reference this with information in a wireless carriers database. If a match is discovered the social network could automatically create a group (or circle) that includes those matches. For example, if a user bought a new phone and service from Sprint, upon logging in to their Google+ account, contacts would be cross-checked against Sprint’s database of users to identify other Sprint customers, all of whom would be dumped into a circle for preferred calling.
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Oracle wins Java copyright ruling against Google’s Android

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Oracle Corp today won a key legal battle over Google when the U.S. appeals court decided that Oracle could copyright certain part of the Java programming, used by Google  to design Android.

Oracle originally sued Google in 2010, claiming that they had improperly used Java in Android. Because of that they are seeking around $1 billion in damages on the copyright claims.


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Jury finds Samsung infringed on two of Apple’s patents, Apple awarded $119.6 million

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The verdict on the latest case between Apple and Samsung is in, and the jury has partially ruled in Apple’s favor. According to their decision, Samsung infringed on just two of Apple’s patents out of the five in the suit. All of the devices in the lawsuit were found to infringe on the quick links patent, and some of the devices infringed on the infamous slide-to-unlock patent. However, Apple did find one device that was found to infringe, but they weren’t awarded damages for it, so the jury will meet again on Monday to make a decision there. In total, Apple was awarded $119.6 million in damages, which could go up slightly after the weekend. Not a bad reward, but it’s pretty small compared to the original $2.2 billion Apple thought they deserved.
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