Patents


Noisy Background? There’s an Ad for That

Noisy Background? There’s an Ad for That

Google now holds a U.S. patent for a technology that allows it to use “environmental factors” recorded through users’ cell phones to offer personal ads, raising privacy concerns that could scare off some customers.



Pick Up the Phone — Your Tattoo is Vibrating

Pick Up the Phone — Your Tattoo is Vibrating

Nokia patented a body tattoo with magnetic ink connected to its smartphones, as science and technology merge in innovative and strange new ways.
Lorien Crow in Patents



Apple Hints at "IWallet" with IPhone Patent

Apple Hints at "IWallet" with IPhone Patent

Apple has patented a payment system based on near-field communications technology, hinting at mobile payments on iPhones in the future and giving NFC a boost in the burgeoning digital wallet market.
Kate Knibbs in Strategies & Solutions



Microsoft Wages Patent War Against Motorola

Microsoft Wages Patent War Against Motorola

Microsoft is firing at Motorola for its treatment of fair-use patents, piling evidence against Motorola for alleged abuse of standard patent usage guidelines.
Melissa Daniels in Patents



Apple Says Motorola Abuses Patents, Shifts Legal Strategy

Apple Says Motorola Abuses Patents, Shifts Legal Strategy

Apple is taking issue with Motorola’s treatment of fair-use patents, filing a formal complaint about potential violations and pushing for changes to how patents are defended.
Melissa Daniels in Patents



Google Scores Unlock Patent, Rivals Apple

Google Scores Unlock Patent, Rivals Apple

Google is challenging Apple’s attempts to claim ownership of slide-to-unlock features, with a recently awarded patent that attempts to best its rival.
Melissa Daniels in Patents



Apple Gains on Android with Slide-to-Unlock Patent Win

Apple Gains on Android with Slide-to-Unlock Patent Win

Apple gained an edge in its patent battle with Android devices after securing a ban on Motorola smartphones for a slide-to-unlock infringement.
Melissa Daniels in Strategies & Solutions



Apple Shifts Patent Strategy, Targets Galaxy Nexus

Apple Shifts Patent Strategy, Targets Galaxy Nexus

Apple is targeting Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus in court, changing strategy as it aims to take down Android through patent legal battles.
Melissa Daniels in Samsung



Apple, Google Win Landmark Patent Case, May Stifle Innovation

Apple, Google Win Landmark Patent Case, May Stifle Innovation

Apple and Google, among 22 tech titans, won a landmark case over an existing firm, as legal patent battles threaten to slow the pace of innovation.
Melissa Daniels in Patents



Google Makes Money on IPhone, Motorola Patents

Google Makes Money on IPhone, Motorola Patents

Google aims to take a percentage of every iPhone sold after completing its Motorola acquisition, raising questions over whether current patent fair use standards support fair business practices.
Cam Lincoln in Patents