Google wants more eye real estate with camera-embedded contact lenses

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Glass is not enough for Google. They want more of the real estate located on your eyes, as crazy as it sounds. To do this, Google has patented a system in which cameras would be embedded into contact lenses. What would this accomplish? Taking photographs of exactly what a person sees.

You may recall that the company was talking to the FDA about contact lenses to measure glucose levels. This, however, takes the purpose of these contact lenses much further. And Google may want to hurry as Samsung is reportedly working on a set of smart contact lenses, too.

Source: Patent Bolt

Trial reveals Apple’s marketing chief riled up over Samsung ads

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As the Apple v. Samsung trial starts to move along since starting earlier this week, we may be treated to some interesting bits of information about how the two companies viewed each other and how that guided their strategy. As part of his opening statements on behalf of Samsung, attorney John Quinn  indicated that,

“We will show you internal Apple documents, documents that haven’t been made public before, and showed how Apple was really concerned about competition from Android, and in particular Samsung…This new, edgy marketing strategy…it drove Apple crazy.” » Read the rest

Google likely to play key role in latest Apple patent trial with Samsung

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Apple and Samsung were scheduled to return to the courtroom today in the latest round of legal disputes between the two smartphone giants. Unlike the first trial that focused heavily on hardware issues, this new round will emphasize software, especially features found in the Android and iOS operating systems. That focus on software features found in Android means Google will play a much larger role this time around. » Read the rest

Lenovo spends $100 million on 3G and 4G technology patents to be used in new markets

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Being that Lenovo is becoming a larger player in the mobile industry, it only makes sense that they acquire additional patents. While continuing to receive a license for Google’s patents, Lenovo has purchased 3G and 4G technology patents from Unwired Planet. The cost? A respectable $100 million. For that price, Lenovo is getting twenty-one families of patents that will allow the company to enter new markets.

Source: CIO

U.S. panel rules that HTC, ZTE and Huawei did not violate FlashPoint patents

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A U.S. panel ruled today that HTC, ZTE and Huawei did not violate digital camera patents made by FlashPoint, an Apple spinoff. FlashPoint originally filed the complaint in 2012, and accused all three of the companies of infringing four patents related to phone cameras. One of those patents was dropped as the case moved forward.

In September 2013, a judge found in a preliminary decision that the HTC Vivid and HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE infringed upon one of the patents, while both ZTE and Huawei were cleared. The panel ruled in a final decision that none of the companies infringed on any patents made by FlashPoint.

Source: Reuters

New Samsung patents point the way to flexible display devices

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New patents from Samsung were recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealing a little bit about some of the ways the company sees flexible displays being deployed. One such device appears to resemble the slap bracelets that were popular back in the 90′s. The display when rolled out is flat, but can be wrapped around a person’s wrist forming a bracelet or, depending on what is displayed, a watch. In their patent application, Samsung describes how such a device could perform a variety of functions, like playing music when touched or moved in a certain way or tracking health information using biosensors. The possibilities will probably be limited more by the sensors and power source that can be packed into such a device as opposed to the display since the whole device could become the display. » Read the rest

Judge denies Samsung’s motion for a retrial in ongoing patent lawsuit

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Yep, more Samsung/Apple patent news. Judge Lucy Koh, who has been the judge over this enormous patent lawsuit since the very beginning, has denied Samsung’s motion for a retrial based on some particularly unsavory comments made by one of Apple’s lawyers. Apple tried to argue that letting Korean-based Samsung continue to “infringe patents” owned by American companies would destroy American companies’ ability to make quality products. » Read the rest

Google, Cisco agree to cross-licensing patent deal

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Google has made another cross-licensing patent deal. Last month, Google and Samsung made an agreement for the next ten years. This time around, Cisco and Google have formed a partnership to share patents in order to avoid potential patent lawsuits in the future. Dan Lang, Cisco’s Vice President of Intellectual Property, said “In today’s overly-litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits.” As of late, many companies have been embroiled in patent lawsuits and some have taken the easy way out. This deal shows Google and Cisco want to put up a good fight.

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Samsung and Google announce 10-year global patent license agreement

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Samsung and Google have announced a new, long-term partnership to cross-license patents “covering a broad range of technologies and business areas.” The agreement covers both existing patents as well as any new patents filed during the next 10 years. Although Samsung and Google in general are not antagonistic toward each other, outside of the occasional small spat, they did take the opportunity to dig at other companies using litigation-based strategies with regard to their competition.

Samsung’s intellectual property lead, Dr. Seungho Ahn, stated the agreement shows “the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.” Meanwhile, Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents with Google noted that, “by working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”

source: Samsung Tomorrow Blog

Huawei settles with Rockstar Consortium, pays to avoid any legal battle

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Back in October, Rockstar Consortium launched a fierce patent lawsuit against Google and Android. Then in December, Google decided to fight back and stated Rockstar’s own CEO said that every tech company is infringing on their patents. Google, rightfully so, was sticking up for their Android OEMs. But now Rockstar has made one of them give in. Rather than going through a legal battle with a group that has much more power, Huawei has decided to pay off Rockstar.

Had Huawei stood up to Rockstar, they would have faced a group led by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony, and Ericsson. Since Huawei filed a joint motion with Rockstar, the group will now likely push harder against the remaining OEMs they previously sued — Samsung, LG, HTC, ASUS, Pantech, and ZTE. If history means anything, we know one of them will put up a good fight.

Source: FOSS Patents