USPTO declares Apple’s multitouch patent invalid

by Jared Peters on
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Apple has always been a little over possessive of “multitouch,” but today it appears the USPTO has put an end to that unhealthy affair. In a preliminary ruling, the multitouch patent was found invalid on all 20 points. This is unfortunate for Apple as that patent was the basis of nearly all of their multitouch patent lawsuits, including the lawsuit against Motorola that was tossed out of court earlier in June.

Although this could be overturned in higher courts, I’m hopeful that the USPTO will understand that these incredibly broad and vague patents are stifling to innovation and hopefully keep this one invalidated.

source: FOSS Patents

USPTO Find’s Apple’s Rubber-Banding Patent Invalid

by Roy Alugbue on
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In a stunning turn of events, the US Patent and Trademark Office has filed an initial ruling declaring Apple’s rubber-banding patent invalid. If you recall, the patent focuses on an effect that can cause a page on a device to bounce back up after a user has swiped to the bottom of the screen on a mobile device. While this ruling isn’t final, this means that all 20 claims of Apple’s patent (No. 7,469,381) are now invalid— which includes an important one used against Samsung during their epic battle in the U.S. courts. The effect of this is major too: while we have a long way to go during the appeals process, this is perhaps the first step needed for Samsung to have the courts potentially overrule at least some of the major rulings.

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source: The Next Web

Crowdsource platform to help shoot down bad patents

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Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Stack Exchange and Google announced a new joint effort to try to bring an end to overbroad and ridiculous patents before they can be used by patent trolls to cause harm to companies. A change in U.S. patent laws went into effect this month that permits the USPTO to accept comments and evidence regarding prior art and obviousness from third parties when evaluating a patent application. Prior to this change in the law, the USPTO could not accept third party information. » Read the rest

Samsung Patent Filing Shows New Folder Interactions For Android

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Samsung has submitted a patent application with the USPTO late last year for a different method of handling folders in Android. This was done presumably to get around Apple’s folder paradigm and avoid future lawsuits, as well as to provide a cool interaction that differentiates themselves from other Android UI’s.

Sammy’s application shows folders stacked like playing cards which can be pulled open accordion-style with a quick drag of the finger. They can also be expanded and collapsed by a single finger tap with a vertical scrolling function. The creation of the card stacks is done by dragging one icon onto another, just like the current Ice Cream Sandwich folder creation method.

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Google’s Project Glass Glasses Are Now Protected By Patents

by Jack Holt on
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As with all things new, exciting, and innovative it’s wise to protect your new creation via the much-loved, needs-to-be-revamped patent system. Google is doing just that with its Project Glass glasses that are in the works. Apparently there is enough packed into these glasses to make Google wary if imitators and a patent would surely help in preventing others from copying their looks. Plus it could gear Google up for yet another lawsuit down the road should Apple decide to come out with a pair of tech-filled glasses of their own. While we have yet to see an exact release date one thing this shows is that the project seems to be moving right along.

Hit the sources to check out these patents in detail.

 

source: USPTO 1, USPTO 2, USPTO 3
via: engadget

New Samsung Galaxy Series Names Trademarked

by Ed Caggiani on
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Samsung just filed for US trademark protection for a new series of names for their Galaxy series of devices, in addition to the ones filed earlier for the Galaxy Emerge, Stellar, and Halo. Whether or not these new names end up as commercial products, Samsung now has the option to use Galaxy Thunder, Galaxy Express, and Galaxy Accelerate. Could these actually be three names for the upcoming Galaxy S III, each slated for a different US carrier? We’ll have to wait and see.

One other interesting trademark from Samsung is Samsung Wallet, which sounds like an NFC payment system that could be another competitor to Google Wallet and ISIS. Just what does Samsung have up its sleeve?

source: uspto (thunder), uspto (express), uspto (accelerate), uspto (samsung wallet)
via: pocketnow

 

Oracle’s Case Against Google Crumbling

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Given that Android and its respective manufacturers are having a tough time against Apple these days it would be nice to see a win for Google and the Android platform altogether. Well boy do I have good news for you folks as Oracle is seeing its patent suits against the search giant crumble down around them. Unofficially known as the suit to end all suits, it was the one that could have effectively killed Android as a platform with its required royalties. This would probably force Google to charge manufacturers to use the platform. While the patent dispute was postponed that didn’t mean that the wheels weren’t turning behind the scenes.

For those that don’t know, Oracle bought Sun and valued the transaction at “approximately $7.4 billion, of $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt.” Broken down this includes, the hardware, MQL, Solaris and other aspects that encompass more than just Java. But the Sun Microsystems acquiring company valued six, dropped to five, out of 500 Java patents at $6 billion dollars. This figure obviously being over hyped.  » Read the rest

Apple receives approval for 21 additional patents

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The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently approved 21 patents that were submitted by Apple. The patents mostly cover software architecture. Some of the more interesting patents are an integrated touchscreen, a graphical user interface for a voicemail management utility, and a modular system for building desktop tower computers.

The integrated touchscreen patent is the merging of touch-sensing components and a display panel into a single unit. This would make the display thinner and brighter.

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