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Apple v. Samsung $1 billion patent lawsuit in the hands of a jury

The decade-long Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement trial is nearing its end. A jury is expected to announce Monday whether the premier Android-maker owes Apple $1 billion for copying the iPhone’s design.<p>In 2007, before the release of the very first iPhone, Apple requested a number of design …

Facebook may soon be able to tell if you are rich or poor

Facebook has filed a patent application for a technology that will automatically detect the users’ socio-economic status and segregate them in one of …

Apple patent points to a Pencil that writes on any surface, including air

A patent titled Content Creation Using Electronic Input Device on Non-electronic Surfaces normally wouldn’t inspire much excitement. But since it’s …

A new patent appears showing Apple's smart AR/VR glasses

Rumors of some Google Glass-style AR/VR specs in development at Apple have been swirling for a while now, but we now have a better idea of what this …

A patent that helped Amazon take over online commerce is about to expire

If you’ve bought anything on the internet with one click in the past 20 years, it was probably either on Amazon.com or a platform that pays Amazon a lot of money to license its patented and trademarked “1-Click” technology.<p>Apple, for example, announced in 2000 that it was licensing the technology …

Barnes & Noble

Toyota patents an A-pillar you can see through

For an auto enthusiast, there's nothing quite as soul-healing as taking a car through mile after mile of sharply bending canyon corners. As we test a …

Microsoft patent hints at wand-like augmented reality controller

Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a new type of augmented reality controller that looks like a cross between a Wiimote and a pen. The wand-like …

Augmented Reality

Ford patents removable wheel for self-driving vehicles

In the interim between semi-autonomous and self-driving, cars will need to be able to switch modes with relative ease. Ford has shown one possible way to move to self-driving mode, by making the steering wheel and brake pedals removable.<p>In a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …

Battle of the retail blimps: Amazon and Walmart propose airship drone stations

We already know about Amazon’s concept for airship warehouses to support drone deliveries, but here’s a new twist: Now the Seattle-based retailing …

Amazon patents a power-charging robot that’ll come when you call

Have you ever scrambled around at an airport, hunting down a power outlet for your laptop or smartphone? Amazon's inventors have the answer: a power-charging robot that'll come to your side and let you plug in, for a price.<p>It'll even sell you chewing gum.<p>The robot is the subject of a patent …

Bizarre Samsung patent shows smartwatch with camera in center of display

Samsung has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a smartwatch with camera in its center. The patent, picked up by Russian website <i>3Dnews.ru</i>, was filed last November but has only been published in the last month.<p>It appears that the watch’s camera would be …

Patent troll hits Apple w/ three lawsuits over AirPlay, autodial, and battery technologies

Apple is no stranger to lawsuits from patent trolls, having been a target numerous times in the past. Now, the company has been hit with a trio of patent infringement lawsuits from Uniloc, a non-practicing entity who has filed the suits in the patent troll-friendly Eastern Texas District Court. …

Patent licensing on MP3 format expires, Apple-preferred AAC now a 'de facto standard'

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits has officially halted its licensing program for "certain MP3 related patents and software," …

How an open approach to patents could help build a sustainable future

To sustain a population of 9.7 billion people by 2050 the world is going to need innovations that make careful use of the available resources, human …

Innovation

ZeniMax Files Lawsuit Against Samsung for Gear VR

Bethesda's parent company claims Gear VR is based on its own IP in breach of an NDA.<p>Bethesda parent company ZeniMax has filed a lawsuit against …

Boeing is betting that projections of clouds and stars on cabin ceilings will make flying more pleasant

Meet Boeing, lighting designer.<p>The company that designed the 747 jumbo jet and helped drive down the cost of air travel worldwide is hard at work on its planes’ interiors.<p>Boeing is trying to patent a projection system that would allow the airplane maker to project images, such as a blue sky with …

Apple Patents A New Invention and Its A - 'Paper Bag'

Trust tech giant Apple to push the envelope each time. Just when you thought that this was it, Apple comes up with something that leaves us …

New 2018 Honda Gold Wing Patents show HUGE Changes in the pipeline...?

<b>– All-New GoldWing Changes for 2018? More New and Interesting Patent Documents just Filed! –</b><p>While doing my weekly patent digging and investigating I …

Google also hates Game Of Thrones spoilers, patents system to block them

Google recently secured a patent on a system that would block social-media content containing spoilers for TV shows, movies, and even those units of …

These Printable Tests For HIV And E.Coli Will Bring Diagnosis Anywhere In The World

The paper and plastic strips can be produced anywhere and administered by anyone.<p>Cheap, simple diagnostic kits have the potential to revolutionize health care in the developing world. If we can put non-technical tests in the hands of normal people, we can test for diseases more efficiently without …

Google Granted Patent for Smart Contact Lens

Google has been granted a patent for a contact lens with an embedded chip,<p>The patent, which was discovered by WebProNews, features a sensor in the …

Patent details Google’s ideas for smart home doorknobs, doorbells, wall switches, and more

Google clearly has big ambitions for its Internet-connected Nest and Dropcam hardware. A new patent shows how these gadgets — and a host of other devices — could be tied together into the smart home of the future.<p>In September 2014, eight months after Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion and three …

Home Automation

A Bunch Of Magic Leap’s Amazing Patent Illustrations Were Copied

Two weeks ago, a 180-page patent from stealth augmented reality company Magic Leap went public, and many sites–including Co.Design–mined it for the treasure trove of user interface sketches in which Magic Leap dreamed up the future of interface.<p>But as <i>Gizmodo</i>’s Sean Hollister discovered, many of …

Apple eyes way to leave fingerprints in the cloud

Apple has envisioned a technology that would sync your Touch ID data with other mobile devices, as well as point-of-sale systems, via iCloud.<p>Published on Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent filing called "Finger biometric sensor data synchronization via a cloud computing device …

Information Systems

New Patent Gives Us A Better Idea Of What's Behind Google's Mysterious 'Cinematic Reality' Investment

Magic Leap, the mysterious startup that raised $542 million in October 2014 in a massive funding round led by Google, just filed a new patent that hints at what the company's stealth technology could be used for.<p>All we really know for sure so far is that Magic Leap is creating some sort of …

Apple Patents iPhone Protection System To Save Your Device When You Drop It

Apple has filed a patent for a new system which will be built into the iPhone that s designed to protect the device when it is dropped, the system …

Gear & Gadgets

U.S. patent office tightens rules for examiners working from home | Reuters

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has tightened supervision of patent examiners who work full-time from home, an official said on Tuesday, but critics in Congress questioned whether the office was not going far enough to curb abuse.<p>The estimated 5,000 patent …

Patents hint at Magic Leap’s new approach to augmented reality

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Magic Leap<p>There is a tremendous amount of hype around Oculus Rift. But it only takes one try to understand why. We may …

Apple Patent Turns iDevices Into Smoke Detectors

With iOS 8, Apple announced their interest in making their way into your home via the HomeKit framework. It’s an interesting move given that former …