Samsung patents Metal 12, a magnesium alloy that could be used in the Galaxy S9, S9+

At this point, everything even remotely related to the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+ gets scrutinized and carefully inspected by the blogosphere and Samsung’s devoted fans especially, giving us an excellent overall understanding what the first major flagship of 2018 will be like. Even the smallest tidbits of info that could give any further knowledge about the Galaxies can’t seem to evade the all-seeing eyes. And now, we even know what metal alloy the Galaxy S9 and S9+ could potentially be made of…

Samsung has just filed in a trademark with the (European Union Intellectual Property Office) …


Samsung found guilty of infringing on 4G technology patents owned by Huawei

Back in May 2016, Huawei filed a lawsuit against Samsung in China for infringing upon some of its patents. After 8 months, the Chinese court finally ruled and its decision isn’t good at all for Samsung.

The South Korean company was found guilty of infringing on two 4G standard essential patents related to telecommunication technology and equipment owned by Huawei. Moreover, the court found that Samsung delayed the negotiations on purpose probably because it knew it infringed on those patents.

Apparently, this was a very complicated case since it took the …

Samsung patents a rollable display with fingerprint sensor

Samsung is on a roll. The South Korean company has the most successful mobile display business, but that’s not enough for Samsung. Although 2018 should be the year of the “foldable smartphone,” it appears that Samsung has a few more surprises in store for us.

The company recently filed a patent for a rollable display that can be activated by fingerprint. Unlike LG’s rollable display that uses a very small rotating motor, Samsung’s features magnets that are positioned along the main body that houses the display.

The patent shows two types of metallic …

Palm Pre vs iPhone X: Qualcomm wants iPhones banned for misusing Palm OS interface patents

In a tit-for-tat move, Qualcomm responded to Apple’s patent counterclaim last week by adding Palm into the mix. So far, it has accused Apple of infringing on connectivity, power efficiency, and 3D imagery patents on the iPhone 7 to iPhone X models, but it just piled on a few interface ones for a good measure.

What’s Palm got to do with it, you ask? Its webOS now largely lives in smart TVs, as LG bought the rights to use it a while ago, albeit not the patents, and as a result its TV interface is one of the most user-friendly among big TV makers (we …

Move over, fingerprints: Samsung patents palm-scanning

Our bodies have plenty of parts, which are formed uniquely to each individual — fingerprints, irises, ear auricles, our actual faces, palm lines, the list goes on. And phone manufacturers seem to be capitalizing on these like crazy to offer us a crazy variety of unlocking methods, with finger unlock, iris unlock, and face unlock being packed all together in some devices.

Samsung seems to be dabbling in adding an extra biometric scan — palm recognition. The difference here is that it’s not going to be used for unlocking your phone, but merely for password hints.

So, Sammy has filed …

Apple counterclaims that Qualcomm infringed on its own patents, here's what's at stake

Apple has apparently looked and found a patent arrow in its legal portfolio quiver that it can counteract Qualcomm’s patent claims with. It just accused the mobile chip-makers from Texas of infringing no less than eight of its patents related to power efficiency measures. These have all reportedly been used since chipsets of yesteryear like the Snapdragon 800 and 820, and reportedly improve battery life on devices equipped with them. 

Apple “began seeking those patents years before Qualcomm began seeking the patents it asserts against Apple in this case,” counterclaims the …

Samsung patents in-display finger scanner, but may save it for the Note 9

The “will they, won’t they” saga with the notorious case of the disappearing in-display fingerprint reader seems poised to continue, as Samsung has recently been granted a patent for such a contraption, building on the notch-y scanner patent we saw not long ago. Not that we will see the under-glass thingy in time for the Galaxy S9, as Samsung’s marketing manager is on record tweeting that the “tech probably won’t be ready for retail by then.” 

That could leave it for the Galaxy Note 9, but in any case it is a device with Infinity Display …

Apple said to pay Nokia $2 billion for use of its wireless patents

Tucked inside Nokia’s quarterly financial report yesterday is an enigmatic “up-front cash payment of approximately EUR 1.7 billion, part of which was recognized in the second quarter 2017 results.” 

When probed to clarify if this is part of the eventual settlement with Apple over wireless patents that has been dragging on for a while, the Nokia people confirmed, and urged to join the quarterly release press conference today for more details. 
Nokia settled with Apple in May, and, at the time, said that it will be amending the structure of its capital …

Patents reveal Apple might be working on a hand gesture technology that would interact with games, TVs and what not

The USPTO has published an Apple-owned patent this Thursday, describing an interface that would allow users to control electronic devices through hand gestures. While the patent images do not reveal anything interesting about the claimed technology, beyond a circuit scheme for the interface, the document makes a specific mention of exciting intended uses, namely: controlling computer games, consoles and home appliances, interacting with DVD, VCR or TV setups. Are we in the Avatar age or what?

Of course, a published patent is no guarantee that such an invention will ever …

Samsung patents an authentication method for Gear VR based on "head recognition"

The Galaxy S8 is undoubtedly one of the most generous phones in terms of security features and biometric authentication offering users not one, but three trendy ways to lock or unlock the device: through a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, and face detection capabilities. But neither these, nor the password- or swipe-based methods can be used to unlock the phone if it is inside the Gear VR headset – you need to first get it out, unlock it, and then put it back. But a new Samsung patent application registered in South Korea suggests that the company may have found a …