Google has filed for a patent on a brand new piece of technology it hopes will improve road safety. According to the information included in the documentation filed at the USPTO, the system will enable smartwatches to detect whether you’re a driver or passenger in a vehicle, so that it can disable certain notifications and functionality to ensure that all drivers are using their Android Wear devices responsibly on the road.
In recent weeks, we’ve seen various stories about the impending announcement of a larger Galaxy S6 handset with dual edges, and most recently seen its leaked dimensions and specifications. In yet another hint that the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus handset is more than just a rumour, here we have Samsung being awarded a trademark for the ‘Galaxy S6 Edge+‘ moniker.
Android Wear smartwatches are getting better looking with each new design. One only has to look at LG’s offerings to see how each new product has evolved; from the original G Watch’s functional square design (which I actually prefer), the G Watch R‘s sporty round face to the Watch Urbane‘s more sophisticated steel finish. But what if the Watch Urbane simply isn’t luxurious enough for you and you don’t want to splash the cash on a Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01? Read more
With the recent release of its Flex and Flex 2 smartphones, LG has advanced the field of flexible devices. It seems that the Korean company is looking further down the line though, according to patent D0726,140 that was awarded to it by the United States Patent and Trademark office last week. This new patent shows a design for a foldable smartphone-watch mash-up.
In what may be one of the most unusual legal twists witnessed in recent memory, a move by Samsung to have some patents invalidated may end up helping Apple avoid a $533 million judgment. This curious result is because both Apple and Samsung have been sued by the same company, Smartflash LLC, over the same set of patents. A win by either of the tech giants in their respective lawsuits will end up helping the other, even though Apple and Samsung have been huge rivals in recent years carrying on their own patent legal battles against each other. Read more
IBM, Samsung, and even Google made it onto the top 10 list for patents awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). While IBM and Samsung take the top two spots (IBM dominated Samsung with 7534 patents awarded), Google comes in on the leader board at number 8, which is the first time the Mountain View search giant has appeared in the top 10.
The past few years have been a total pain for Samsung when it’s come to patents. In a near-constant state of being bogged down by infringement lawsuits, Samsung may be attempting to prevent such legal actions in the future by dutifully applying for as many patents as it can. Compared to 2013, Samsung’s patent awards increased 5.9% in 2014. Read more
You may recall back in November, we wrote that LG had applied for a trademark on the name “G Pen” at the USPTO and now, according to a report from China, it looks like the South Korean company’s next flagship smartphone, presumably entitled the G4, will be the first to feature support for the unannounced smart stylus.
A new trademark application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office was filed by Google to get protection for the ARA name for their forthcoming modular smartphone. Project ARA is Google’s project to produce a smartphone that has hot-swappable components that plug into a frame. This would allow users to upgrade certain components or add new features without having to purchase a whole new phone. We anticipate Google having a fully functional prototype available at the Ara Developer Conference coming up in December. This will be followed by an expected market launch in 2015.
The application for trademark protection is a strong indication that ARA is the name that Google will use to market the device when it is made available for the general public.
It appears that Samsung has trademarked the name “Galaxy Note Edge,” which we believe will be a variant of the Galaxy Note 4.
The “Edge” variant will feature curved screens which possibly wrap around the edges of the device. The device may be limited to certain markets (most likely Asia). It’s possible that we’re going to see it unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3.
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. Read more