We previewed their dual camera zoom tech in 2014, now Corephotonics is suing Apple for patent infringement

No matter what the current dual camera trend implies about the R&D departments of Samsung, Apple, and the like, most of the efforts started not in Seoul or Cupertino, but rather in Israel’s pretty amazing startup culture. With thousands of young firms working on anything from biosimilars to groundbreaking camera technologies, Israel has been a hub of entrepreneurship and creativity for a good while now, and the Israeli startup Corephotonics has been working on “multi-aperture imaging technologies” for years, with the first patent filed way back in 2013. We even probed …


Supreme Court refuses to hear Samsung appeal on Apple patent infringements

Samsung’s attempt to appeal a 2016 U.S. Court of Appeal verdict against it at the Supreme Court, has been turned down by the highest court in the land. As a result, Samsung will not get a chance to overturn part of the original verdict that found Samsung guilty of infringing on patents belonging to rival Apple. The patents covered some popular features on early iPhone models, such as ‘Slide to unlock,’ autocorrect, and quick links. The latter turns phone numbers and addresses into links.

Samsung was hoping to get a $119.6 million verdict against it overturned. A three-judge panel originally …

Oppo patent application reveals phone with a foldable top

Amid talk that Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X could arrive in 2018, and reports that Huawei already has a working foldable model ready for next year, Oppo might be another firm gearing up to enter this arena soon. A patent application filed by the company reveals a smartphone with a bendable display that covers the top 25% to 35% of the screen. Looking at some of the images that Oppo included with the application, it appears that part of the screen would be able to flip over backward.

With the selfie camera on the top half of the device, it would be possible for one camera to be both the rear-facing …

Samsung patent reveals rival to Apple's AirPower wireless charger


A patent application filed by Samsung to the USPTO reveals a dual wireless charger that can charge more than one device at a time. In that regard, it would be considered a challenger for Apple’s AirPower wireless charger. The latter can charge multiple device at once by fitting an iPhone and an Apple Watch all together on a single charging pad. Actually, there are various combinations that will fit, including the charging of two iPhone models at one time.

According to Sammy’s patent, its dual wireless charger uses both magnetic resonance and magnetic induction charging in the same product. …

Apple is ordered to pay VirnetX a final judgment of $440 million for patent infringement

Over the years, Apple and VirnetX have battled each other in court over patents used by Apple to produce iOS features like FaceTime and iMessage. The legal battle began in 2010 when IP Holding Company (some would say patent troll) VirnetX accused Apple of using its patents without licensing them. Over the years, more iPhone models were added to the complaint and last year a jury awarded VirnetX $302.4 million.

Today, VirnetX announced that on September 29th, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division entered a Final Judgment in relation to post-trial …

Judge rules against Qualcomm twice in its patent battles against Apple

Judge Gonzolo P. Curiel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, today rejected Qualcomm’s request for a preliminary injunction. Qualcomm was hoping that the court would force manufacturers of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad to pay the chip maker royalties for the use of certain Qualcomm patents. These standard essential patents are supposed to be licensed using fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND). Contract manufacturers like Compal Electronics Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Pegatron Corp. and Wistron Corp. have stopped paying Qualcomm royalties …

BlackBerry signs patent licensing deal with Timex; BlackBerry branded smartwatch incoming?

Like Timex used to say about its watches, BlackBerry takes a licking but keeps on ticking. Even after relegating hardware to second place behind software, BlackBerry has a winner with the BlackBerry KEYone, and it appears to have a new phone (code named “Krypton”) on the way. But BlackBerry fans have become more accustomed to news like this. Famed watchmaker Timex has signed a patent licensing agreement with the tech company.

While the contract didn’t reveal what product and patents are involved, Timex will be making on-going royalty payments to BlackBerry. The latter points out that it …

Patent application shows Facebook working on its own pair of AR smartglasses

A patent application filed by the Oculus division of Facebook reveals that the latter is working on AR powered smartglasses. The patent application is titled “waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner” and puts “computer generated elements” over a real world background. The display could be inside a frame used for eye-wear in a way that “presents media to a user’s eyes.” Sounds like the definition of AR-powered smartglasses to us.

The patented display uses waveguide technology, allowing a wave of light to be guided through the lens. The display will be able to show video and images …

Microsoft patent application shows metallic Surface Phone body doubling as the antenna

Since the beginning of the year, we have seen a few Microsoft patent applications that were said to feature the mythical Surface Phone. The latest such patent application was published on Thursday, even though it had been filed with the USPTO back in February 2016. The patent, entitled “Cover of Device Acting as Antenna of the Device” shows a metallic built handset. As the title of the patent suggests, the metallic cover doubles as the antenna.

Because the handset would apparently swing around a hinge positioned in the center of the device, users would not cause interference or the “detuning” …

Eyes off my screen: Apple patent outlines display tech with adjustable viewing angles

Usually, a wide viewing angle on a smartphone screen, or any screen for that matter, is generally a desirable thing. It makes the viewing experience much more comfortable as parts of the display don’t distort or go black if you skew your device by an inch. But, for some situations, you really don’t want your display to be visible from extreme angles — when you’re chatting with your significant other while commuting, for example, or when viewing sensitive data like your bank account or company documents.

There are, in fact, “privacy screen protectors”, which severely …