Samsung under investigation for alleged digital signage patent infringement

Samsung Electronics is under investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) after Manufacturing Resources International (MRI) filed a complaint claiming that the South Korean company has infringed on its patents. MRI is a manufacturer of outdoor and semi-outdoor digital signage solutions, and the company alleges that Samsung Electronics and its SDS affiliate infringed on […]

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Apple reportedly paid LG for a long-term patent licensing agreement

In April, LG reported that it received a one-time payment for patent licensing but didn’t reveal who the customers were. In a report from TheElec we learn that LG Electronics received KRW 890 billion ($662.4 million) by two companies, of which KRW 800 billion ($595.4 million) was paid by Apple, according to industry sources. The […]

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‘High-Accuracy’ Apple Watch Temperature Sensor Revealed by Patent Filing Just Weeks Before Series 8 Unveiling

Apple has been granted a patent for a temperature sensor suitable for the Apple Watch, just weeks before the company is expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 8 with body temperature sensing capabilities. The newly granted patent, spotted by MyHealthyApple, was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is titled “Temperature […]

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Oppo and OnePlus stop sales in Germany after Nokia patent dispute

Oppo and OnePlus have stopped selling smartphones and smartwatches in Germany, following a court decision in favor of Nokia, which sued over two Standard-Essential Patents (SEP). Oppo’s German site seems barren with no phones listed, OnePlus’ German site still shows the phones, but the “Buy” button is gone and the Store page only sells headphones […]

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Apple Settles AirPods Patent Dispute With Koss to Avoid Trial

Apple has settled an AirPods-related patent infringement lawsuit with audio manufacturer Koss, according to a court filing submitted on Saturday that was highlighted by Reuters. Koss had accused Apple of infringing on its wireless headphone technology patents with AirPods and Beats products. Koss said that AirPods and Beats wireless headphones violated a handful of patents […]

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Redesigned AirPods Max Smart Case Potentially Revealed in Apple Patent

Apple has been granted a patent that could well hint at a new design direction for the controversial Smart Case that comes with Apple’s AirPods Max (via Patently Apple). When Apple unveiled its $549 high-end ‌AirPods Max‌ headphones last year, the included Smart Case stirred up plenty of online chatter for its odd appearance and […]

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Apple Patents Dual ‘Pro Stand’ for Studio Display and Pro Display XDR

Apple has won a patent for a dual monitor stand that appears to be based on the “Pro Stand” design option for the Studio Display and Pro Display XDR. The patent filing first surfaced in 2020, but now the United States Patent and Trademark Office has officially granted Apple the patent. The granted patent, spotted […]

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Apple Patent Suggests Future iPad Could Transform Into macOS-Like Experience When Attached to a Keyboard

A new Apple patent has suggested that a future iPad or version of iPadOS could include the ability to transform the tablet into a macOS-like user experience when it’s attached to an external keyboard. The patent, first reported by Patently Apple, is wide-ranging in its potential implementation. Apple regularly patents dozens of ideas, and only […]

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Apple wins patent to basically make a Surface Book

Source: Windows Central What you need to know Apple recently won a patent for a hinged keyboard iPad accessory. The design, while semi-unique, results in a hybrid tablet-laptop computer. Despite criticizing hybrid computing devices in 2012, Apple seems poised to continue to emulate 2-in-1 PCs like Surface Pro and Surface Book The running joke in […]

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Apple Researching Mirror Finish and Charging Stands for Mixed-Reality Headset

Apple is researching a one-way mirror finish, wireless charging systems, and charging stands for headset devices, according to newly granted patent applications. In a patent filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office simply called “Display system,” first spotted by Patently Apple, Apple outlines how a head-mounted display device may be wirelessly charged via inductive […]

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Microsoft patent situation scores Samsung a big tax refund

Source: Richard Devine | Windows Central Samsung was accused of tax-dodging patent usage fees originating from a deal in July 2011. Now, the 15% extra Samsung paid to satisfy South Korean tax officials has been officially declared undue, and the Supreme Court of South Korea has decided that Samsung’s entitled to a $9.3 million tax […]

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Microsoft VP explains why company fights patent trolls

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) are sometimes called “patent trolls” because their schtick is filing questionable lawsuits against companies in the hopes that their claims will score them easy money. Never mind the fact that often the patents being used to prop up the lawsuits in question aren’t legitimate ammo […]

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HMD Global: Making quick steps to re-launching its Nokia phones in Europe after patent kerfuffle

HMD Global is not happy about the court ruling that forced it to pull its phones out of Germany (and other regions), but it’s not taking it laying down either. The company reached out to us with a statement about the legal issue and what it is doing about it. VoiceAgeEVS LLC (VAEVS) filed suits […]

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Recent Apple patent imagines the Magic Keyboard with a Mac built-in

A new patent has been published by the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) that was filed by Apple back In August 2020. The patent is for an Apple keyboard device that is essentially a portable Mac computer. The patent explains this is a “computer in an input device”, that’s essentially a Mac mini […]

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Apple Imagines Mac-Inside-a-Keyboard Device Evocative of 80s Home Computers

Apple is exploring the possibility of integrating a fully functioning Mac within a keyboard, reminiscent of home computers of the 80s, such as the Commodore 64 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. The concept was revealed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in a new Apple patent application called “Computer in an input device,” which describes […]

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HMD forced to pull most of its smartphones out of Germany over a patent dispute

It seems that HMD Global has been forced to pull most of its smartphones out of the German and Swiss markets, leaving only the two newly announced models – the Nokia G21 and G11. What happened? The company is being sued by VoiceAgeEVS LLC (VAEVS) over patents related to VoLTE and the Enhanced Voice Service […]

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BlackBerry sells legacy patents related to mobile and messaging for $600M

The downfall of BlackBerry as a smartphone company continues. After its bid for survival on the back of third parties working with brand license is not paying off, the Canadian company is going ahead with the sale of its legacy patents to Catapult IP Innovations Inc. for $600 million. The collection of legacy patents relates […]

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Apple Could Add User Authentication to AirPods

Apple is exploring methods to bring user authentication to AirPods, a newly published Apple patent application shows. In a patent application titled “User Identification Using Headphones,” filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and spotted by Patently Apple, Apple explains how it can authenticate AirPods users using other nearby devices, ultrasonic signals, voice […]

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Apple Stores Could Stop Thieves With New Security Measures

Apple is exploring new security measures for Apple retail stores in an attempt to discourage and prevent smash-and-grab robberies. In a patent titled “Product-Display System” filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, spotted by Patently Apple, Apple details a number of mechanical systems for securing iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. The proposal effectively […]

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Xiaomi gets patent for all-screen fingerprint scanner

While fingerprint scanners on our smartphones are convenient rather than inputting a passcode or pattern, it can also sometimes be a bit of a hassle when you can’t reach the space where it’s located. That’s why this new patent that Xiaomi has been able to get would be very much welcome when it finally makes […]

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