Google and Apple Drop Lawsuits Against Each Other, Will Work Together on Patent Reform

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google and Apple have decided to drop all lawsuits between each other and instead work toward “some areas of patent reform.” The lawsuits that have been called off are actually between Motorola and Apple, but since Google still technically owns Motorola until the proposed Lenovo deal is finalized, this was their problem to deal with.  (more…)

Google Patents a Way to Keep Pirated Content off of Google Play

Any user of Google Play knows that when you search for the most popular apps, there’s always a clone or two at hand. While Google does make an effort to remove these kinds of apps, it’s inevitable that they won’t be able to stop every last one. That’s where this recently awarded patent comes in — Google has devised a method to compare code to other apps to check for copying, and will cleverly filter out open-source code matches. (more…)

Qualcomm Buys Palm and Other Mobile Related Patents From HP

Qualcomm announced this afternoon that it has acquired a patent portfolio from HP that includes patents from Palm, IPAQ, and Bitfone. As you can imagine, they are indeed mobile-related, with Qualcomm saying that this acquisition “further enhances strength and diversity” of the companies patented mobile technologies. There are approximately 1,400 patents in the portfolio from the U.S. and approximately 1,000 from other countries.

Details outside of that are unknown, including how much Qualcomm paid. They did note that this “will enable the company to offer even more value to current and future licensees.”

Patents, so much fun.  (more…)

Google Goes on the Attack Against Patent Troll Rockstar Consortium

The battle between Google and Rockstar Consortium – a patent troll group backed by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, and others that owns $4.5 billion in Nortel patents – heated up over the holidays, with Google filing a lawsuit to try and protect Android and its partners. Back at the end of October, Rockstar filed a suit against Google, Samsung, HTC, Asus, LG, and others over alleged patent infringements on items like mobile hotspot, notifications and messaging, and location services. Some in the industry have called it the beginning of “patent hell” for Google and its Android partners.  (more…)

Proposed Bill to Fight Patent Trolls Overwhelmingly Passed by the House of Representatives

You might not  be familiar with the Innovation Act that is currently making the rounds in Washington D.C., but you might want to keep an eye on it now. Today, the bill brought to the floor by Rep. Bob Goodlatte from Virginia was passed by a wide margin of 325 to 91. This bill is aimed squarely at keeping the “patent trolls” from bringing frivolous suits against big tech companies, and it seems to have a lot of support.  (more…)

How About No: Motorola Patent Wants to Tattoo a Microphone On Your Throat

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In a case of taking “wearable technology” a bit too far, we have Motorola’s latest application for a patent. The latest tech that Motorola is trying to patent wants to cut down on the pesky background noise you have during phone calls thanks to the space between your mouth and the microphone. Moto wants to cut out the middleman here and put the mic directly on your neck: by tattooing it there. What? (more…)

Google Granted Patent for App-Launching Pattern Unlock Feature

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If Google ever puts its newly appointed patent into affect, folks who opt for a more secure way to unlock their device may not have to give up those wonderful lockscreen app shortcuts. The idea is super simple – a user can create custom unlock patterns for their lockscreen, and each of the custom patterns can open a different app (camera, music, email, etc.). Smart idea, right?  (more…)