patents

Samsung infringed on Apple’s text-selection patent

Samsung and Apple and more patent talk. This particular case stems back to mid-2011 when Apple accused Samsung of infringing on several patents. This complaint originally included seven patents, however one was quickly dropped from the group. Of the six remaining, it was determined that Samsung infringed on four of them. On the flip side, that meant Samsung did not infringe on those remaining two patents.

Samsung loads up, receives the most mobile patents in 2012

The folks at Samsung went big in 2012 and loaded up on patents, most notably mobile patents. As we're sure many of you know Samsung didn't have too great of a year in court regarding patents, and we have a feeling they'll be trying hard to protect themselves in the future now that they've acquired so many this past year. Samsung was granted more patents than any other mobile company over the past 12 months.

LG patent filing details a three display smartphone

Patent filings are an interesting topic. There are plenty of patent filings that we hope to see come to life, and then there are those that are probably better left alone. That said, the latter is the case with this recently discovered filing from LG. This particular filing dates back to August of 2010, however it has recently come back in the form of an issued patent.

Google files patent for backside touch controls on smartphones

A few new details have surfaced today from the US Patent & Trademark Office showing our good friends at Google are aiming to bring “simple backside device touch controls” to smartphones and tablets. It looks like they've recently filed a patent for the feature, and will possibly be racing Apple to offer this in an upcoming device.

Microsoft inks license deal with Nikon for Android-powered cameras

It's no secret that patent wars have been a major problem in the mobile space. Especially for a few of the big hitters like Samsung, Microsoft, and Apple. For those not following along at home Microsoft holds multiple key patents and has inked deals with just about everyone in the Android tablet and smartphone market for royalties. Now that Nikon has an Android camera, they're also getting thrown in the Microsoft coin jar.

Apple Store gains trademark while Google remains in the cloud

While Google seems intent on remaining in the cloud in terms of device sales, one thing has recently been made clear -- should they decide to go the retail route with stores of their own, they should not have them looking like an Apple Store. The reasoning here, Apple has recently been granted an official US trademark (from the USPTO) for their retail stores.

Samsung’s infringement of Apple patents declared not willful

In its high-profile patent case against Apple, Samsung has taken quite a few hits. This week, however, Samsung is catching a rather large break, as Judge Lucy Koh has decided to accept the company's claims that it wasn't infringing willfully. This means the amount Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple probably won't increase much moving forward, which is likely something making Samsung's attorneys exhale a sigh of a relief today.
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