Samsung v. Apple patent infringement trial to resume next month

The patent infringement case that never ends will continue on May 14th when Samsung v. Apple is heard in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Samsung originally was hit with a $1 billion+ judgment in 2012, and over the years that amount has been reduced to $548 million. Samsung continued to battle in court, taking it all the way to the Supreme Court back in 2015. The Korean tech giant argued that patent infringement damages shouldn’t be based on the total sales of a complete device, but only on the portion of those sales that can be attributed to the infringed part.

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Samsung patent reveals AR emoji video calls?

A recently uncovered patent filed by Samsung reveals that the company has at least considered utilizing its new AR-emoji tech for a FaceTime-esque video call program. The patent shows a user being able to use the technology recently released on the Galaxy S9 to create an emoji with the caller’s likeness and facial expressions, then transmitting that live with audio to another user. It seems to operate under the premise that this would be beneficial for lower-bandwidth situations. The designs revealed in the patent show that work on this technology goes back as far as 2013, with the patent …

Apple receives patent to protect iPhone users' eyes from bright screens in dark rooms

Apple has received a patent that could help prevent iPhone users from suffering “luminescence shock.” This can happen when a handset is turned on in the dark and the display immediately is too bright for the surroundings. After a few seconds, the screen finds a more appropriate setting and tones down the brightness. But the user’s eyes have already been “shocked” by the bright display. Apple’s new patent, called “Luminescence Shock Avoidance in Display Devices,” would have an iPhone limit the brightness level of its screen when the device is activated in a dark environment.

How is this done? …

Court rules that Apple must pay $500 million to a patent troll

Apple’s multiyear fight with patent trolls isn’t over yet, it seems, as a Texan jury has ordered it to pay half a billion to a company called VirnetX Holding Corp., set specifically to amass obscure patents, and then use litigation in suitable jurisdictions against firms that can pay alleged infringement bills.

The patents, which the court has ordered Apple to shell out $502.6 million over, relate to secure communications with FaceTime, VPN on Demand and iMessage, and the case has been bandied about from appeal to appeal forever. The latest installment of this saga doesn’t …

LG's patent for a foldable phone shows device has two screens, batteries and headphone jacks

Back in 2016, LG filed a patent for a phone that not only is equipped with two screens, but also comes with a pair of batteries and two headphone jacks. The patent was filed on September 28, 2016 and published today, thanks to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The patent is titled “Mobile Terminal,” and both screens are curved allowing the side of the phone to display the date and time, temperature, and other notifications.

The images that accompany the filing show hinges at the top and bottom of the device which allow the two individual screens to open and combine to …

Huawei's folding phone patent shows how a phone turns into a tablet and vice versa

Last October, Huawei CEO Richard Yu revealed that the company has a working foldable phone that could be released in 2018. The timing of that comment is important, because just one month prior to Yu’s statement Huawei filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The patent was published today by that organization, and includes images of what Huawei has in mind.

In the open position, the foldable Huawei device is a full-sized tablet. It appears to fold in the middle to become a smartphone. Back in October, when he discussed the foldable phone that Huawei …

2016 patent shows that Samsung is working on over the air wireless charging

According to a Samsung patent from 2016 that was just published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the tech giant is looking to join other companies like Disney that are working on over the air wireless charging. Wireless charging today is a misnomer. There are wires that plug the base into a wall outlet. But over the air wireless charging automatically starts powering up the battery in any compatible device once it is in range of the signal. There is no charging pad, and your phone could power up even while it is in your pocket.

Samsung’s patent, filed in South Korea, …

Go Go Gadget phone: Samsung wants to patent a smartphone with an expandable display

Samsung, just like most of its “colleagues” on the scene, loves to come up with new patents that depict technology that is either way ahead of its time or simply not technologically-feasible just yet.

Such is the case with one of the latest patent applications Samsung has filed with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) which describes a device that features an expandable display. Aside from a regular screen, the proposed gadget features two other display panels tucked inside of it which the user can pull out and essentially triple the screen estate.

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BlackBerry sues Facebook for patent infringement

BlackBerry today, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles accusing social media giant Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps, of patent infringement. According to the suit, the trio stole features and technology from BlackBerry Messenger. The suit comes after both companies spent “several years in dialogue,” according to a BlackBerry spokeswoman by the name of Sarah McKinney.

Facebook Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal says that the company plans on fighting. Grewal lamented what he called the current state of BlackBerry’s messaging business, and added that “having abandoned its efforts to …

Essential owns patent on a pop-up selfie camera similar to the one on the Vivo Apex concept

The other day, we told you about the Vivo Apex concept phone. With a tap anywhere on the bottom of the screen activating the in-display fingerprint scanner, and audio coming out of the screen, the near bezel-less display leaves another quandary for the manufacturer; with bezels this thin, where does Vivo put the front-facing camera? The proof-of-concept OG Xiaomi Mi Mix, which was the blueprint that many of today’s bezel-less handsets followed, had its front-facing camera located in the bottom bezel. That was repeated in the Mi Mix 2. The Mi Mix 2s plans on putting the front-facing camera in the …