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Microsoft and Google agree to settle long-running patent dispute

Two of Silicon Valley's largest companies have agree to put an end to legal battles that have lasted years. Microsoft and Google opted not to reveal exact details of the deal which settles patent disputes over smartphones and games consoles.

Apple's iPhone 7 changes may include a farewall to 3.5mm headsets

A recent Apple patent filing has suggested that the company could be planning to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from its iPhone 7, replacing it with an ultra-slim 2mm version instead. The change isn't the first time Apple has moved ports about.

Nintendo may be heading back towards the game cartridges of old

Nintendo has filed a patent for a games console that stores its content on memory cards, harking back to the days of the cartridge-based Nintendo 64 of 20 years ago. It's unclear whether the company intends to use the tech in its upcoming "NX" device.

Apple could lose $500m as patent in Samsung lawsuit ruled invalid

The United States Patent & Trademark Office has ruled that a patent held by Apple on the design of the iPhone 3GS is actually invalid. The decision will prove critical in the company's lawsuit against Samsung, alleged to have infringed on Apple's patents.

Tokyo 2020 logo designer apologises in new plagiarism row

Toukyo - The designer of Tokyo's 2020 Olympics logo has apologised after admitting his team traced the designs used for a Suntory promotion campaign, as he faces plagiarism allegations over the Games design.

Airbus patents supersonic jet

Airbus might have plans on developing a supersonic jet that could make it from London to New York in just one hour. Regular commercial flights take around seven to eight hours to complete the journey.

Silicon Valley unites to defend Samsung against Apple patent case

Several Silicon Valley technology companies have stepped up to help Samsung win its ongoing patent dispute with Apple. The group has filed a "friend of the court" letter to help argue Samsung's case. Apple claims that it infringed on multiple patents.

Apple patent looks in your bank account to target advertising

Apple has filed a patent for technology that would hook directly into the contents of your bank account to make advertising even more targeted than it is today. It would mean Apple would only display adverts for products that you can afford.

iPhone 7 may ditch the plastic antenna strips

A new patent granted to Apple suggests that it may have solved the issue of the plastic antenna strips on the iPhone 6, making the unsightly bands across the metal chassis a thing of the past on the upcoming iPhone 7 while maintaining signal strength.

Yes, there is a correct way to hang toilet paper

One of the biggest disagreements in modern families today is how to hang the toilet paper. How the roll hangs is right up there with whose turn it is to take out the trash or walk the dog one last time before going to bed.

This is Google's patent for a creepy, watching smart teddy bear

It has emerged that Google has filed a patent for a "smart teddy bear" that could listen to your conversations, watch your movements and control media devices. It would have built-in speakers, cameras and microphones but Google's intentions are not clear.

Microsoft and Nokia Lumia phones violate patents, rules judge

An ITC judge has ruled that Lumia-branded Windows Phone smartphones built by Nokia and Microsoft violate patents held by licensing firm InterDigital. Microsoft plans to appeal but failure could lead to an import ban on Lumia phones in the US.

Taking videos on iPhone might be about to get a whole lot better

Apple has been granted a patent for a new light-splitting, three-sensor camera system, Apple Insider reports, which could pave the way for a higher quality photos and videos in the iPhone.

Hospital challenges the patenting of genes

Toronto - Who owns your genes? You? Big Pharma? Or should it be for the public good? At present the balance is with the company that patents the genetic material. Is this right? Not according to an Ottawa hospital.

Op-Ed: The patent gene debate: who owns your genes?

The Federal Court of Australia has rejected an appeal of a ruling that allows companies to patent isolated human genes. This reignites the debate: who owns your genes - you or the company that extracts them?

Microsoft files patent for touchscreen game control layout

Microsoft has filed a patent for a new control scheme for touchscreen mobile devices that resembles console controllers with two 'thumbsticks' at the bottom corners of the screen and what can only be called shoulder buttons at the top of the display.

Apple and Google make peace — for now

Smartphone companies Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss lawsuits they had brought against each other over technology patents. This brings to an end years of arguing in the courts.

Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

San Francisco - Google and Apple, the two technology titans behind the world's top smartphone platforms, called a truce in a long-running patent war.

Microsoft apparently planning a smartwatch for two years now

Surprise surprise, Microsoft is in the smartwatch race as well, at least that's what their patent shows. Can they actually deliver the smartwatch they're planning on? If they can, it could be smarter than all of its competitors.

Mixed verdict in Samsung-Apple patent trial

San Jose - Jurors ordered Samsung to pay just a fraction of the big-money damages sought by Apple in a high-stakes Silicon Valley case over smartphone patents.

Setback for Haribo in battle with Switzerland's Lindt

Frankfurt - German sweets maker Haribo suffered a legal setback Friday when a court ruled that Swiss chocolate maker Lindt is not infringing on the patent of Haribo's "gold bear" jellies.

India drugs giant rejects Novartis patent accusations

New Delhi - Leading Indian drug company Biocon on Friday rejected allegations by Novartis that it infringed on the Swiss pharmaceutical giant's patent for its blockbuster diabetes drug Galvus.

Geneva fair showcases all the inventions you need, and more

Geneva - His eyes hidden by sunglasses, the soft-spoken African gestured at the model camel on his table, its hump hidden by a mysterious contraption topped with a windmill.

Apple, Samsung trade barbs as new patent trial opens

San Jose - Lawyers for Apple and Samsung exchanged barbs as a major new patent trial opened, debating the role of a company not even part of the case -- Google.

Apple, Samsung trade barbs as new patent trial opens

San Jose - Lawyers for Apple and Samsung exchanged barbs as a major new patent trial opened Tuesday, and debated the role of a company not even part of the case -- Google.

Chipmaker Marvell told to pay $1.5 bn in patent case

New York - Semiconductor firm Marvell Technology Group has been ordered to pay $1.54 billion for patent violations in a case brought by Carnegie Mellon University.

Apple vs Samsung case to start before fresh jury

San Francisco - Jurors were selected on Monday for a high stakes patent battle between smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung, setting the stage for attorneys to open fire regarding who copied innovations.

Top US court sifts arguments on software patents

Washington - The US Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether patents can be enforced for software-created business practices, in a case likely to have a big impact on the tech sector.

Jack Daniel's angers rivals over 'Tennessee whiskey' rule

New York - For Jack Daniel's, Tennessee's world-famous corn-based whiskey should be made according to a strict recipe -- basically, its own.

ISPs must play part in online copyright clampdown, EU court says

Luxemburg - Internet service providers can be legally required to deny their customers access to websites which infringe copyright, a European Union court ruled on Thursday.In a decision with implications for European Internet service providers (ISPs), the Court o...
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Here's a diagram of the sensor provided in the patent application via Apple
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Google s patent filing for a  smart  internet-connected teddy bear
Google's patent filing for a "smart" internet-connected teddy bear
Google patent via BBC
A Microsoft patent filing for a touchscreen game controller layout reminiscent of an Xbox controller
A Microsoft patent filing for a touchscreen game controller layout reminiscent of an Xbox controller
NEW PATENT: The Airbus supersonic jet is designed to reach speeds of up to Mach 4.5.
NEW PATENT: The Airbus supersonic jet is designed to reach speeds of up to Mach 4.5.
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Samsung s smart watch design shows a flexible screen
Samsung's smart watch design shows a flexible screen
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