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Apple, Amazon, Google targeted in Texas for patent infringe…

Apple, Amazon, Google targeted in Texas for patent infringe…

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Apple, Amazon, and Google have been accused of infringing patents related to image and video processing in separate lawsuits filed by a Delaware-based company. Dynamic Data Technologies accused Apple of infringing 11 patents in one suit and Google and YouTube of infringing 10 in another, both filed at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, yesterday, November 5. The complaint against Amazon was filed at the same court on Friday, November 2, and asserts nine patents. In each suit, Dynamic explained that it owns a portfolio containing more than 1,000 patents relating to core technologies in the image and video processing field in the US, China, Europe, Germany, Japan, and “many other” territories. Dynamic said it is the owner-by-assignment of the pa
Apple targeted in new patent infringement lawsuit over vide…

Apple targeted in new patent infringement lawsuit over vide…

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Apple has been hit by a new patent lawsuit from Dynamic Data Technologies, with the suit alleging Apple's products and services have infringed on 11 patents relating to video streaming, processing and optimization. Filed on Monday at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division and found by AppleInsider, the suit from Dynamic Data accuses Apple of infringing on 11 specific patents the company controls. The patents listed by the company are varied in terms of what they cover, but they are all within the field of video manipulation. The patents start with one covering the enhancement of images in a video stream that are "encoded based on previous frames using prediction and motion estimation," and the decoding of such streams. A second, covering "c...
Microsoft sheds its aggressive patent control to support Li…

Microsoft sheds its aggressive patent control to support Li…

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Over the years, Microsoft has been notoriously protective over its patents, engaging in numerous lawsuits against Linux-based technology for infringement. In an unprecedented move, it looks like the firm is now ready to bury the hatchet as it joins the Open Invention Network and makes a whopping 60,000 Microsoft-owned patents open source. The Open Invention Network (OIN) was formed in 2005 as a “patent nonaggression community,” essentially acting as mutual assurance that members wouldn’t file patent suits involving Linux projects. Membership is now 2,600 strong, including major Microsoft competitors like Google, Sony and IBM. “We know Microsoft’s decision to join OIN may be viewed as surprising to some,” explains Microsoft deputy general counsel Erich Andersen. “It is no secret that th
Google files patent allowing crowdsourced videos of concert…

Google files patent allowing crowdsourced videos of concert…

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Google has filed a patent that will help users choose the right video from the sea of videos that get uploaded on video sharing platforms pertaining to public events such as music concerts and sporting events. The patent also allows viewers to review these events from multiple camera angles, while also being able to determine the exact position of the video sources themselves — a feature that which could come handy on social media networks to find friends who are at the same event. The patent application doesn’t restrict the purview of the patent to the company’s own YouTube video sharing portal, but also extends the scope to “popular video delivery systems” and social networks. Prima facie, that seems to allude to the implementation of the video search feature within the company’s se
Prior Art Archive aims to improve patent process

Prior Art Archive aims to improve patent process

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Imagine you have invented a device that could save millions of lives around the world. But instead of profiting from the invention yourself, you decide to share the design online, to allow others to make their own version at low cost. Two years later, a company applies for a patent on your invention. Once the application is granted, the company not only begins profiting from your device, but launches a lawsuit against you, the inventor, for infringing their patent. This is the danger faced by researchers and developers alike, because the limits of existing content repositories means it is often a struggle for patent examiners to find what they call prior art — evidence that an invention is already known — relating to an application. That means that some applications that should be rejec
Patent Office gets search help from tech industry heavyweig…

Patent Office gets search help from tech industry heavyweig…

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Patent Office gets search help from tech industry heavyweights By Susan MillerOct 08, 2018 A key bottleneck in U.S. innovation is the patent process, which requires the thorough research of prior art, or any information that has bearing on a patent's claim to novelty. Before filing for a patent, applicants search through previously patented innovations and other documentation to be sure their proposal is truly new. Patent examiners likewise research prior art to ensure there is no duplication. When there's no good system for researching prior art that can be scattered across user manuals, conference presentations, websites, pay-walled peer-reviewed journals or temporarily public marketing materia...
Nintendo Files Patent For Game Boy Smartphone Case

Nintendo Files Patent For Game Boy Smartphone Case

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It looks like Nintendo is working on an official Game Boy case for smartphones.  Siliconera has spotted a new US patent filed by Nintendo which seems to be related to a plastic smartphone case that strongly resembles the design of the classic Game Boy. It's honestly not hard to find Game Boy cases for smartphones (a quick Google search will reveal quite a few that you can buy), but Nintendo's take on this concept seems to differ from the rest in two very distinct ways: it's official and it's fully functional.  Yes, it looks like this case will allow your smartphone to function just like an old-school Game Boy. Based on the design blueprints, it seems that the case's buttons will be placed over your smartphone's touchscreen and are intended to recognize and register any commands
Google, Cisco, MIT Team With Patent Office on Searchable Ar…

Google, Cisco, MIT Team With Patent Office on Searchable Ar…

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By Malathi NayakThe Patent and Trademark Office has teamed up with Cisco Systems Inc., Alphabet Inc.'s Google, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create an online archive about inventions aimed at boosting U.S. patent quality. The “Prior Art Archive,” hosted by MIT’s Media Lab, is open to patent office examiners and anyone who might want to submit published writing, patents, information about products in commercial use, and other materials, known as prior art, Cisco and MIT said. Agency director Andrei Iancu has focused on improving patent quality since taking the reins last February. Patent examiners search prior art to ensure inventions described in patent applications are novel enough to warrant a patent. “By collecting various non-patent literature in
Facebook Beware: Tech Patent Giant Selling to Would-Be Liti…

Facebook Beware: Tech Patent Giant Selling to Would-Be Liti…

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By Malathi Nayak (Bloomberg Law)Big patent holding company Intellectual Ventures is selling part of its patent trove following some litigation setbacks and patent law changes. The move has put corporations such as Facebook Inc. and AT&T Inc. into new legal crosshairs. IV, founded in 2000 by former Microsoft Corp. Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold to buy patents and offer licenses to companies seeking patent protection, has turned to selling its patents to smaller companies with more of an appetite to sue. The array of smaller, litigation-prone plaintiffs leaves potential defendants with a tough choice: strike a licensing deal with Intellectual Ventures or risk that it sells the patent to a new, lesser-known holding company that’s ready to go to court. It can