patents

Apple and Samsung to meet for mediation in May

The patent wars could be losing a major front in less than a month. According to the FOSS Patents blog, CEOs from Apple and Samsung are set to meet in a San Francisco court starting on May 21st, for federally mandated mediation and (hopefully) some settlement talks. If the two technology giants could hammer it out, it would be the end of a litigious dispute that's been raging for the better part of a year.

Sony patent shows Xperia Play with gaming and QWERTY keyboards

As good as the Xperia Play is at doing its assigned task, the hardware is looking a little long in the tooth 14 months after its initial release. So what could be in store for the next Sony gaming/smartphone hybrid? How about a keyboard mechanism that featured both a slide-out gamepad and the more conventional QWERTY keyboard? If an entry in the US Patent and Trademark office can be believed, that's what could be in store.

Samsung and Apple CEOs agree to lawsuit settlement talks

Apple and Samsung have been at battle for what seems like years now. With lawsuits all over the globe stacked full of litigation from patent infringement to design copying and more. This hard fought boxing match might soon be coming to its final round as we are now hearing the two are looking to at least attempt to be nice, even if they still don't play nice together.

Rumor: Google offered Motorola’s hardware division to Huawei

One of the biggest Android stories of 2011 was Google's acquisition of American handset manufacturer Motorola, now in its final stages. While most business pundits speculated that the purchase was primarily for Motorola's extensive patent portfolio (the company was one of the first large-scale manufacturers of cell phones and pagers) Android fans held out hope that Moto would become Google's unofficial hardware supplier, despite the latter's claim that no preferential treatment would be given. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, it really was all for the patents - Google was apparently so disinterested in Moto's handset division that they offered to sell it to Chinese manufacturer Huawei.

Google patent indicates Kinect-style camera gesture control

Patents have become the bane of the mobile industry as of late, but they're also one of the best ways to gauge where a company's going, or at least what they're investigating. The latest patent application to come out of Google centers on a series of finger motions above a smartphone, using the front-facing camera to interpret the user's intent. So, yeah, it's basically just like Microsoft's Kinect technology on a tiny scale. The patent is oh-so-creatively titled "Use camera to augment input for portable electronic device".

Apple doesn’t want much: just $15 per Android device sold

Apple's been going pretty hard for the last 9 months or so in its litigious pursuit of Android manufacturers, particularly Samsung, Motorola and HTC. While their previous strategy seemed to be based around all-or-nothing sales bans (in Germany, Australia, the United States, and, and, and...) it looks like the Cupertino lawyers may have finally come to their senses, and are preparing to settle. What do they want, short of outright suing their competition to death? Oh not much - just up to $15 for every Android phone and tablet.

Google applies for patent, brings voice controls to Google TV

Google has some big plans for Android and our homes. With lots of discussion lately of a Android@Home project under way and more we are now seeing some information that Google has applied for a patent to bring Voice actions and Siri-like voice controls to our living rooms and Google TV. Put down that remote, let Google and Android do everything for you.

Apple knows no shame: steals ICS camera unlock for iOS

"Good artists copy. Great artists steal." A certain megalomaniacal CEO is famous for this phrase, though the company that he co-founded seems to have forgotten the often-repeated mantra in the last few years. There seem to be plenty of "great artists" left at Apple: In addition to basically lifting Android's notification system and slapping it into iOS 4, then copying homescreen folders for iOS 5, it looks like they're planning on yet another misappropriation for iOS 5.1. BGR caught an early glance at the new lockscreen for the March update, which has an "innovative" feature added: users can either swipe right to unlock the phone, or swipe up to go straight to the camera app.

Google Motorola deal also gets approval from US Department of Justice

We knew this news was coming today, and I'm sure most of you did also. Shortly after hearing the EU approved the Google Motorola buyout this morning, we now have confirmation that the US Department of Justice has too. Giving their seal of approval for the buyout of Motorola Mobility and all their patents to Google.

Google’s Motorola buyout approved by EU, will be vigilant

The acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google has been given the green light and thumbs up from the European Union today. This unconditional regulatory approval will allow Google to purchase the device maker and patent holding company for a grand total of $12.5 billion USD. We knew the day was today, February 13th and now the official OK has just been approved.
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