Patent articles

Microsoft sued over use of Live Tiles in Windows

Microsoft is already facing lawsuits related to the recently-launched Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems. Surfcast, a Portland-based company OS development company has filed a complaint with a U.S. District Court in Maine, claiming that Microsoft is infringing…

ITC deems Kodak patent invalid, favors Apple and RIM

The US International Trade Commission has once again rejected Kodak's complaint against Apple and Research In Motion. Kodak filed a complaint in January 2010, accusing the mobile firms of infringing on US patent number 6,292,218, which describes an image previewing technology...

European Commission probes Motorola Mobility over patent abuse

Responding to complaints by Apple and Microsoft, the European Commission, Europe's competition regulator has launched two antitrust investigations into Motorola Mobility to assess whether the firm abused its standard-essential patents with unfair licensing conditions and litigation against rivals.

Nokia files US patent for vibrating magnetic tattoo

Nokia has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a magnetic vibrating tattoo that would alert the bearer of various activity that needs attention on their wireless handset. The idea is that the inked person wouldn’t…

Samsung, RIM sued over emoticon display patent :-(

Described as "pictorial representations of an expression or a person's mood", emoticons are widely used amongst habitual texters. Unfortunately for Samsung, Research In Motion and possibly others, Varia Holdings claims they own a patent which would prevent companies from providing a…