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Google was recently awarded a patent that makes use of the trackpad for inserting spaces using taps made in the spacebar area, effectively increasing the size of the trackpad on smaller keyboards.
Microsoft has recently received a patent for wearable displays that can determine the emotions of the wearer, and those of other people. HoloLens looks like a prime candidate for this technology.
Microsoft has received a patent that allows a mobile device to boot more than one operating system, as well as individual parts of different operating systems to allow for specific functionality.
A new patent, filed in 2010 by Microsoft, shows a subtle hinge that would enable a device to sit at 180 degrees without being noticeable ushering in a potential era of dual-screen devices.
A new patent, filed by Apple, has come to light that shows an auxiliary screen on the side of an iPhone that can display information and app-specific toggles.
Microsoft has sued Kyocera, a company which showed some interest in the Windows Phone OS at the Mobile World Congress 2015. The lawsuit cites patent infringement as the cause of the lawsuit.
A patent filed in January by Apple reveals that future mobile device made by the Cupertino-based company could be tracked even if the device appears to be powered off.
Apple has lost a case and was found to infringe upon the patents held by a Texas company. The iPhone maker was ordered to pay damages in excess of $500 million.
Microsoft and Samsung have finally settled their legal disputes over Android patent royalties and are now ready to work together again. The deal raises hopes for new Windows phones from Samsung.
Apple has recently been granted a patent that shows the company has been toying with the idea of a curved iPhone but just because they got the patent does not mean we will see it on retail shelves.
Tech giants fighting over patents and royalty payments really doesn't help spur innovation. Fortunately, the war appears to be drawing to a close, as these companies find better ways to collaborate.
In a dispute that goes back years with Nintendo allegedly infringing on technology patented by Philips for a "virtual body control device" the two companies have now reached an agreement.
Google has agreed to settle a patent dispute between itself and the Rockstar consortium, an assembly of companies including Apple and Microsoft that own Nortel's old intellectual property.
Samsung has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft, related to the Android patent deal between the two. Samsung claims honoring their contract would equate to collusion.
The most recent court case between Microsoft and Samsung has been unredacted, and aside from the 6.8 million Microsoft feels it is owed, it reveals that Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion in 2013.
Bose audio has formally filed a legal complaint accusing Beats Electronics, soon to be owned by Apple, of violating several patents for noise-cancelling headphone technology.
The Mannheim Regional Court in Germany found Motorola guilty of infringing on a patent held by engineering firm LPKF, and now Motorola has to stop selling the Moto G and X, and recall some devices.
Microsoft and Canon have entered into an agreement that will allow both companies access to each other's patent portfolios. Exact details of the arrangement were not disclosed.
Microsoft may be in our heads, but they won't be selling tech that's on our heads. Not yet anyway, shelving plans for virtual reality glasses due to patent restrictions within Kinect's technology.
Microsoft has filed a patent that shows how a control scheme for mobile gaming could be standardized to resemble the button layout found on the company's Xbox controllers.
Microsoft have recently been granted a patent that could allow for numerous improvements on their product lineups. The technology allows for touch sensitive interaction and an interactive bezel.
The US Patent Office has released details of a patent application by Microsoft for a "wearable personal information device" or, a smartwatch. Could this mean we'll see a smartwatch soon?
A further $4 million has been awared to Apple in the latest patent dispute onto their $119.4 million win from Saturday, in the latest court battle between the two.
Microsoft has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the Xbox One's case design. The company filed its application in February 2013 - months before the console was revealed.
It looks like Samsung and Google are back together. With patent licensing deals, Google dropping Motorola, and Samsung coming back to Android's design ethics the two companies are closer than ever.
A patent that was recently granted to Apple reveals that the company is looking at integrating solar panels into its future Macbooks. The patent also describes a touch-enabled secondary display.
Samsung is reportedly following up on the S4's eye tracking with new features that could be introduced in the S5. Controlling your phone with a blink or a nod could very quickly become reality.
Google has been awarded a patent by the USPTO which details the process to convert virtual conversations between people into comic strips that can be later shared via various social networks.
A new report claims, via unnamed sources, Samsung and Apple executives have been meeting to settle their long standing patent disputes, although it's far from clear if such an agreement can be reached
Microsoft has now said that it won't be developing a "smart bra", even though team members from Microsoft Research collaborated with others on a prototype for such a device.
Apple has received a patent for a curved touchscreen which leads many to believe the company has a redesign planned for the iPhone that will go head to head with Samsung's and LG's curved phones.
A UK judge has ruled that the HTC One Mini smartphone is in violation of a patent owned by Nokia and as a result has banned the sale of the smartphone after December 6th.
The verdict is in! Apple wanted $380 million, Samsung wanted to pay only $52 million, but now the jury has decided Samsung owes $290 million in damages for patent infringement.
Microsoft has filed for a patent that would automatically mute a mobile device for times such as when a person with a smartphone is driving a car or attending a meeting.
Microsoft has filed for a patent that places skin sensors into the bezel of a tablet so that the device knows where your hands are located and can adjust the display to accommodate their location.
Motorola Mobility has filed a patent application for a wireless microphone that would be tattooed to a person's neck. The wild concept could be used as a smartphone accessory for communications.
It should not come as a surprise that Apple and Microsoft do not like Google and to see that the companies are now using an ‘independent' entity to sue Google and its partners, is not shocking.
Nokia filed a patent for a smartwatch with multiple screens in August 2012, with the watch intelligently knowing when to use or power down a display based on the angle it's facing.
After New Zealand made the controversial decision to (almost) kill off software patents on Wednesday, experts have expressed doubt at the bill's validity; they question how best it can be enforced.
Microsoft has filed patent applications for the next possible step in interactive gaming. Illumiroom, as it's known, allows the gaming environment to be freed from the conventional barriers of the TV.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has dismissed the claims made by Apple on the "pinch-to-zoom" patents for touchscreen devices as part of the company's long running court battle with Samsung.
Apple has patented a method that lengthens battery life on the iPhone, basically it learns your patterns and habits through GPS tracking, and adjusts power output according to location.
Microsoft has settled a patent lawsuit filed in January by Vringo for $1 million and will enter an agreement to license patents from Vringo's subsidiary I/P Engine.
The full panel of the US International Trade Commission has decided not to overrule a previous decision by an ITC judge, who ruled Microsoft's Xbox 360 can continue to be imported into the country.
A patent filed by Microsoft has surfaced and it shows Microsoft is working on extending voice controls to its Windows Phone Camera app. These would allow users to take pictures by using their voice.
Through a royalties deal with Samsung, HTC, LG and more, Microsoft are making an estimated $8 from every Android device sold, putting revenue in 2013 at $3.4b. This could increase to $9b in 2017.
A judge has finally ruled that Microsoft no longer has to pay $4 billion a year to Motorola for patents, instead deeming them to be Standard Essential patents licensed at a non-discriminatory rate.
Google subsidiary Motorola has lost an appeal on the injunction that was placed on the company by a court in Germany in 2012 over a patent owned by Microsoft concerning multi-part text messages.
Microsoft has signed yet another smartphone hardware company, ZTE, to a patent license deal that gives Microsoft a little money for every Android device ZTE sells.