After implementing a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the iPhone 5S, Apple has now landed a patent for an even simpler unlocking method: by using your face.
Apple won a round in its seemingly never-ending legal battles with Samsung today, making it more likely that Apple will be able to deny Samsung the ability to import some of its smartphone models into the U.S.
Perhaps times are really tough at IBM. Twitter updated its pre-IPO S-1 documentation this morning, revealing that IBM is suing it over three patents.
Editor's Pick This is what Steve Jobs meant when he threatened to go nuclear against Android.
Guest Post Today, several members of the House Judiciary committee released the Innovation Act of 2013 as an attempt to curb the pernicious growth of the patent troll business model.
These guys rarely agree on anything, but for now, they all are banding together to warn EU regulators about the dangers of patent trolls.
There is good news in the fall of the once-giant phone maker, however.
“A computer program is not a patentable invention.” Time to bust out the champagne, neckbeards! Wait, you guys have champagne, right?
Which, of course, will compete with Apple’s products.
The company announced it added these patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge today as it tries to build an even bigger collection of open-source patents anyone can use.
It’s been a year since Samsung lost an epic patent battle against Apple, but the appeals go on. This time, it turns out that one of the key patent claims was invalid, Samsung says, citing a USPTO decision.
New speech and voice recognition technologies would likely be used to augment Google’s “conversational search” offering.
The United States Patent Office published an Apple filing for a patent on real-time user ratings and alerts on routes, traffic, and locations. Yes, it sounds pretty much like Waze — which Apple rival Google just bought for over a billion dollars.
But the patent goes far beyond traffic conditions.
Boston University is seeking a ban on all iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air sales based on a patent dating back 22 years ago that runs out in two years.
Guest Post Innovation is at risk every day there’s no action taken to prevent patent trolls from suing companies based on broad patents. With help from President Obama, tech companies may finally be in a position to fight back.
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that companies may not patent human genes. At least, not ones they haven’t made themselves.
Guest Post Nine patent filings reveal some of the ways in which telecommunications and computing companies might facilitate law-enforcement eavesdropping.
Coming off of an extended battle with LG over its display technology, Samsung quietly launched a Washington, D.C.-based firm in March to support its display patents.
The developer of pull-to-refresh was so concerned about how Twitter would use his patent that he asked Twitter to agree with him — as part of the terms of the sale of his company — that it would never use the patent offensively.
There’s no rule that says smartphones have to be boring rectangular-ish blocks. And Apple’s latest patent application filings show the company may be looking at some new shapes in its future phones.
Hon Hai, Foxconn’s parent, licenses Microsoft’s patents so it can be legally clear to make Android devices.
So far, Nokia hasn’t released a tablet yet, but the revelation of the patent and images show that a Nokia tablet might be available in the near future.
From the original smart device to the device that changed the definition of smart?
The USPTO may just have made a billion-dollar decision. Or at least several hundred million.
On precisely the same that day that Google unveiled its open source pledge, donating ten patents for free open source use, Microsoft unveiled its new Patent Tracker, a tool to reveal every single patent that the company owns, has acquired, or owned historically.
Google pledged to not use its arsenal of patent weapons offensively today, taking a stand on open source and patents that is anti-patent troll, pro-competition, and pro-freedom to create, innovate, and code.
Many more mobile companies are filing patents to protect their ideas, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
If you’re working in 3D printing today and not paying attention to patents, the EFF is giving a strong case for why you should start.
Another day, another patent infringement claim against Samsung.
THX, a sound company created by George Lucas, is suing apple saying it is using a speaker patent THX owns.
Christie Street is already making easier for inventors to fund their ideas — now it wants to help inventors patent them.
The third and final wave of provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) will become effective on March 16, 2013, completing the overhaul of United States patent law that began with enactment of the AIA on September 16, 2011. Do you know what’s changing?
Former Sony engineer sued Nintendo in 2011.
Guest Post Patent trolling is putting a significant strain on innovation, and its time to change the system.
Apple and Amazon are looking into ways to complicate the already-complicated relationship between you and your digital property.
Apple has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to do some new things with the iPad, including a dual-iPad notebook and a magnetic iPad stand for cars, treadmills, and more.
Interestingly, Sir Robin had publicly criticized Apple for what he thought was a lack of integrity.
As Steve Jobs went “thermo-nuclear” on clones, Tim Cook wanted to cool it.
Rounded corners are not patentable in Holland.