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 …

Patent application reveals a sketch of what Apple's AR glasses could look like

How important are Apple’s rumored AR glasses to the future of the company? According to former Wall Street analyst Gene Munster, Apple Glasses will be bigger than the iPhone. Right now, with the iPhone about to take command of the tech world with its tenth anniversary model dubbed iPhone 8, that seems hard to believe. Munster forecasts a peak in iPhone sales by 2019 with Apple Glasses launching the following year.

Today, a patent application filed by Apple was published and it shows how AR features on glasses could label certain buildings. If it looks familiar, that’s because Google Glass …

RED's Hydrogen One patent drawings reveal how it's really a camera pretending to be a phone

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We haven’t touched it, and we’re not even sure how it’ll work, but RED’s Hydrogen One phone is so mysterious that even its patent filing drawings are fascinating. And revealing. 

The modular phone, which promises to switch between “traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games,” looks fairly minimalist in the shadowy photos released so far. But in the patent filing drawings, the phone looks a lot more interested in filmmaking than the photos would indicate.  Read more…

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Nokia and Xiaomi sign a mystery patent exchange agreement, hint at future partnership in AR and VR tech

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you might have heard a fresh rumor that upcoming Nokia devices could be equipped with a Xiaomi-designed Surge chipset. But this isn’t the only recent piece of news regarding Xiaomi and Nokia, as the two companies have just announced a strategic partnership, consisting of the latter licensing a number of patents to the former, buying others, the two collaborating on building network equipment, and also opening up to the possibility of future partnerships in areas such as augmented and virtual reality.

…Which is a completely misleading …

New type of magnetic controller for VR headsets detailed in Samsung patent application

Samsung is already a major player in the developing mobile VR space, as the tech giant has sold more than 5 million units of its Gear VR headsets. The popularity of the gadget can be attributed to the fact that it’s relatively affordable and Samsung’s love for bundling it alongside its flagship smartphones. 
Although a solid product, the Gear VR currently lacks positional tracking and its controller is nowhere as advanced as some of its popular competitors such as the HTC Vive, PSVR, and Occulus Rift. 
It …

Google patent could mean that future Pixel phones will sport a rear touchpad

Google has received a patent for a feature that could allow future Pixel models to sport a touch sensitive surface on the rear cover of the phone. Or, Google could license the patent to phone manufacturers. Google writes in its filing, “It would be advantageous to have an improved touch sensitive surface that offers additional modes of operation.” This rear touchpad could handle many different tasks depending on the app or operation that the user currently has open.

For example, if a music app is open, the rear touchpad would control music volume. If the browser was in use, the rear touchpad …