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HP said to be shopping around webOS mobile patents

HP is reportedly looking to offload some of its mobile patents to the highest payer. Included in the portfolio are patents related to webOS, the mobile operating system they inherited as part of the $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm in 2010.

Google buys head-mounted display patents from Foxconn

Google has purchased a patent portfolio pertaining to head-mounted displays from Foxconn. The Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer said they sold technologies to Google that would generate a virtual image and superimpose it on a real-world view although they stopped short of…

Google donates 79 additional patents to open patent pledge

Google has donated 79 additional patents to a list of “safe” patents in an effort to accelerate the pace of innovation in computing which could ultimately lead to better products and services at lower cost. The new patents cover a…

McAfee patents anti-piracy filter

A recent patent published by McAfee describes what amounts to an anti-piracy system. Titled "Detect and prevent illegal consumption of content on the internet", McAfee's approach would employ a centralized blocklist-style system to issue warnings for -- or entirely block…

Twitter awarded patent for... Twitter

Twitter founders Jack Dorsey and Christopher "Biz" Stone have been awarded a patent which describes a platform agnostic, multi-point message broadcast system and methods. When all said and done, USPTO application 60951415 essentially describes the core of the Twitter's microblogging service…

Apple iWatch rumored for possible 2013 launch

Apple's so-called iWatch may find itself on retail shelves sometime this year, according Bloomberg per its usual sources familiar with the matter. Current rumors have suggested Apple's upcoming smart wristwatch may feature a 1.5-inch passive display, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and…

Meet Google OS: Chrome OS when it was based on Firefox

Former Google engineer and web-based OS pioneer Jeff Nelson recently blogged about the possible origins of Chrome OS and recounts a number of fascinating historical anecdotes. Perhaps his most surprising detail though, is before there was Chrome OS -- or even Chrome,…

Apple is awarded a patent for iconic trackpad design

Apple was recently awarded a design patent – US D674,382 – covering their infamous trackpad found on their entire line of notebooks. The patent specifically covers how the trackpad looks when housed on a portable computer; it has nothing to…

CMU wins $1.17 billion verdict against Marvell over HDD patents

Nine jurors have ordered Marvell to pay Carnegie Mellon University $1,169,140,271 in damages for infringing two hard drive patents. If the ruling sticks on appeal, it would claim more than a year's worth of profits at Marvell, which earned just over $900 million last year and...

Nokia files suit against RIM to enforce Stockholm patent ruling

Nokia has decided to take legal action against Research In Motion in hopes of settling a longstanding dispute between the two handset makers with regards to patent licensing. The Finnish phone maker says they are seeking to enforce an arbitration…

Apple must share HTC settlement details with Samsung

A few days ago Apple and HTC settled a longstanding patent dispute that resolved all current lawsuits between them and resulted in a 10-year licensing deal to share existing and future patents. Financial details were kept under wraps, and though…