Microsoft today announced a major expansion of its Azure IP Advantage program, which provides its Azure users with protection against patent trolls. This program now also provides customers who are building IoT solutions that connect to Azure with access to 10,000 patents to defend themselves against intellectual property lawsuits. What’s maybe most interesting here, though, […]View More Microsoft gives 500 patents to startups
Does a patent application mean a company is particularly serious about a technology? No. Is every company that makes a phones at least toying around with a folding model? Yes, probably. It’s tough to know from a series a crude drawings and technical details filed with the USPTO how seriously an individual company is taking […]View More Google filed a folding phone patent application, too
Qualcomm has had a patent lawsuit against Apple dismissed by a court in Mannheim, Germany, as groundless (via Reuters). The chipmaker had argued Intel -powered iPhones infringed a transistor switch patent it holds. But in an initial verbal decision the court disagreed. Qualcomm has said it will appeal. In a statement, Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s executive […]View More German court tosses Qualcomm’s latest iPhone patent suit
Forget self-driving cars. The future is all about self-parking cars.
For anyone still traumatized from learning how to parallel park, a new patent from Bay Area-based electric vehicle company SF Motors will soothe your bumper-filled nightmares.
Apple’s Touch Bar was a big feature of the 2016 MacBook Pro, but, judging from the lack of software support or imitators, it hasn’t moved the needle in the way Apple wanted it to.
However, the Touch Bar still might end up being just a small peek into…
Amazon has been granted a patent for an audio system that detects the accent of a speaker and changes it to the accent of the listener, perhaps helping eliminate communication barriers in many situations and industries. The patent doesn’t mean the company has made it, but there’s also no technical reason why it can’t do so.View More Amazon patents a real-time accent translator
Amazon just received a patent for hijack-proof delivery drones.
The company filed a patent titled “Hostile takeover avoidance of unmanned vehicles” two years ago, and it was finally approved last week. The patent is specifically designed for delivery vehicles, and its aimed at preventing “nefarious individuals” from taking over the company’s drones.
Although there’s no guarantee that this patented technology will ever see the light of day, it’s still considered a major development — especially for an e-commerce giant like Amazon — since it could revolutionize the company’s delivery capabilities. Read more…View More Amazon patents hijack-proof delivery drones
While Uber has changed the way that many think about transportation, it’s also changed the way that many drunk people find their way home at night. Rather than haphazardly hailing a cab or driving home under the influence, Uber provides a relatively safer way to get from point A to B on an indulgent evening. […]View More Uber applies for patent that would detect drunk passengers
David Kline Contributor David Kline is a journalist, author and intellectual property strategist. More posts by this contributor A new (old) way for product makers to defeat patent roadblocks After meeting with Chinese Vice Premiere Liu He this week, President Trump is still considering easing penalties on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE over its violation of […]View More What President Trump Doesn’t Know About ZTE
Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple Inc. $539 million in damages, following a seven-year clash over patents which ended in a retrial.
As reported by Bloomberg, Apple sought $1 billion in the retrial, an amount it was awarded back in 2012 over sever…
At the very least, Ford’s latest hybrid concept will probably get suburban dads excited — a detachable electric motorcycle within a car.
The car company’s new concept design sounds like something straight out of a James Bond storyline (again, dads), but according to its patent filing published last week, Ford just wants to make it easier for people to get around.
Spotted by Autoweek, Ford filed the idea in October for a motorcycle that sits within a small sedan — not as a sidecar, but inside the car. The electric motorcycle fits between the driver and passenger seats. Read more…View More Ford’s motorcycle-car hybrid looks like a sad Prius V