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Nokia Claiming Google Nexus 7 Tablet Violates Patents

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Nokia claims that Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, manufactured by Asus, infringes on patents related to WiFi. continue…

Android Development after Oracle IP Battle

Google claims victory in the patent round of legal wrangling with Oracle over the Java APIs. But the battle isn’t over yet and questions remain about the future of the Android platform. For now, Android development can continue as usual and changes to the existing Android codebase were not requested. However, Oracle plans to appeal a copyright decision in the case and seek monetary compensation. The jury’s verdict Wednesday in the patent phase of the trial eliminated the need for… continue…

Oracle, Google and the Future of Programming

When a jury ruled that Google violated copyright laws by improperly using Oracle’s Java API to design the Android OS, it couldn’t reach an agreement on Google’s claims of “fair use.” The outcome of this trial will be significant to the future of programming, since it may limit code reuse across languages. Restricting use by forcing payment from licensees could cripple innovation. Multiple sources have already begun to comment on the potential losses, including this from Ars Technica: If the… continue…

Apple Patents App Tool for Beginners

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Apple filed a new patent application, “Content Configuration for Device Platforms,” for an app authoring tool for users with minimal programming knowledge. Based on the sketches published by AppleInsider, the tool relies heavily on a user-friendly graphical user interface, not unlike Google’s App Inventor released two years ago. Do you think the Apple Store will become overcrowded with cheap apps with this new tool? Share your thoughts below.  These tools remove the entry barrier for people who are interested in… continue…

Android Developers Face Headaches in Oracle-Google Suit

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Developers’ lives could become more complicated depending on the outcome of a trial on Oracle’s charge that Google infringed its patents while developing Android. The trial begins today. It’s not an issue of Google’s use of Java, developed by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired in 2009. Rather it’s a question of whether software APIs can be protected by copyright. Android developers: Are you worried about the trial’s outcome? Tell us in the comments below. Oracle argues: Because Android exploits Java… continue…

How AOL’s Patent Sale Could Impact Its Jobs

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AOL’s $1 billion+ sale of 800 patents to Microsoft will certainly give the company more cash — and may even stem the layoff of more employees, at least for a while. Can patents be linked to layoffs? Tell us what you think in the comments below. The move is AOL’s way of avoiding patent disputes like the one embroiling Yahoo and Facebook, and allows the company to secure its “strategy to create long-term shareholder value.” AOL kept 300 patents related to… continue…

Apple Nabs Nano-SIM and iWallet Patents

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Apple earned two surprise patent victories related to a nano-SIM card and iWallet. Nokia, Motorola and RIM tried to block the first patent, but in the end they all failed. Nokia said they are “not aware of any Apple Intellectual Property that it considers essential to its nano-SIM proposal,”and that the patent is not superior to Nokia’s nano-sim proposal. The Verge reports that Apple’s nano-SIM proposal is nothing but a micro-SIM wrapped in plastic, while Nokia’s and RIM’s proposals are different in size and… continue…

Motorola Loses Patent Suit Against Apple

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Motorola and Apple are back at it again. Remember the story from last December titled “Apple Loses Motorola Patent Case, Must Pay Damages?” Well, that was just one of the cases of Motorola vs. Apple. In another episode of the patent war, the judge decided that the lawsuit over the 3G/UMTS patent has been dismissed, fosspatents reports. The patent was referring to a “method and system for generating a complex pseudonoise sequence for processing a code division multiple access [CDMA] signal”… continue…

Microsoft, LG Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android, Chrome OS Devices

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In a recent effort to secure their domination, Microsoft and LG Electronics signed a confidential patent agreement that covers LG products running Android or Chrome OS. Microsoft’s Intellectual Property Group corporate vice president Horacio Gutierrez said that with their 10 previous agreements which included HTC, Samsung, and Acer, “this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.” The move is good for Android… continue…

Apple Wants Your Cell to Go Weeks Without a Recharge

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Apple’s published two patent applications concerning the use of fuel cells in portable electronics. One patent application describes the potential benefits: Fuel cells and associated fuels can potentially achieve high volumetric and gravimetric energy densities, which can potentially enable continued operation of portable electronic devices for days or even weeks without refueling. What separates Apple’s patent applications from other portable fuel cells that are already on the market is that Apple’s can be integrated directly into the electronics. The second… continue…