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50 years of Star Trek inspires innovations in mobile computers, speech recognition and tricorders

On September 8th, 1966, the American broadcast network NBC aired the first episode of Star Trek, a science fiction television series conceived by Gene Roddenberry. In the decades …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 1

Automakers own most vehicle infotainment patents despite gains by Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Autonomous self-driving technologies may be grabbing headlines for vehicle manufacturers but it’s hardly the only direction in which carmakers are innovating. Infotainment systems bring a smartphone-like …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

iPhone sales slump as Apple continues to churn out smartphone patents

The third quarter continued Apple’s declining iPhone sales, eating into the company’s most profitable sector. iPhone revenues dropped from $31.3 billion in 2015’s third quarter down …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Automakers Lead Silicon Valley in Self-Driving Car Development

The patent landscape for self-driving vehicles is also quickly expanding. As of 2013, patent applications related to this technology hit 2,500 per year. That rate is expected to increase. …
By William Cory Spence
3 months ago 0

Can Apple’s New Infrared Patent Really Disable Your iPhone?

On Tuesday, June 28, Apple was granted a new patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,380,225, entitled “Systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
3 months ago 2

Questions linger on Twitter’s plans to incorporate SoundCloud after $70 million investment

The recent Twitter investment has much to do with the SoundCloud Go premium subscription service launched in late March of this year. The premium service, which costs $9.99 …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

Caltech’s infringement lawsuit against Apple, Broadcom is latest in university patent suit trend

According to multiple reports, the Caltech patents-in-suit are incorporated into both the 802.11n and 802.11ac wireless connectivity standards, which are used by Apple products to communicate digital …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 43

Supreme Court to Weigh in on Damages for Design Patent Infringement

Recent decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding damages available in design patent cases highlight the court’s divergence from its …
By Charlene Morrow & Sapna Mehta
4 months ago 0

WhatsApp end-to-end message encryption draws political ire in U.S. and abroad

In the world of messaging services, the cross-platform mobile messaging app WhatsApp enjoys the enviable position of being the world’s most popular messaging service, eclipsing one …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

TiVo – Rovi Merger: Bolting for Business

Rovi will be looking to add about 1100 patents that TiVo currently owns and strengthen its portfolio of over 10,000. Rovi generates over 27% of its income by licensing it’…
By Rahul Vijh
5 months ago 0

Congressman Issa calls patent trolls and plaintiffs interchangeable during ITC hearing

The Subcommittee is Chaired by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who has been an outspoken advocate for the need for more patent reform in order to provide relief …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 16

Apple Patent Apps: From Head-Mounted Virtual Reality to Wireless Smoke Detection

It looks like Apple is looking to edge into the mobile virtual reality market dominated by Samsung’s Gear VR with the technology outlined by U.S. …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 0

Autonomous Cars – Patents and Perspectives

The recent Model 3 announcement by Tesla took the industry by storm and saw Tesla collecting a whopping $276 million in preorders in a matter of days. In focus …
By Rahul Vijh
6 months ago 0

5G Mobile Networks: The Next Big Battleground

5G is expected to generate even higher revenues from applications and services due to explosion on mobile application and services because of broadband-like speed, which are crucial …
By Rana Pratap & Rahul Vijh
6 months ago 6

Patent litigation report shows Samsung overtaking Apple as top defendant in 2015

2015 is the second straight year in which the list of top plaintiffs has been led by eDekka LLC, a patent holding company, which at times has been …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 0