Review Category : Patents

Earlier this year, we reported about a job listing from Microsoft Xbox team that Microsoft is working on a groundbreaking Reading app for Windows devices, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics. I recently came across three new patents from Microsoft related to Story Reading. Some of them could be part of the new Reading experience Microsoft Xbox team is building right now. These patent involves visual content modification for distributed Story Reading, speech modification for distributed Story Reading  and location based augmentation for Story Reading. Abstract: Various embodiments provide an interactive, shared, story-reading experience in which stories can be experienced from remote locations. Various embodiments enable augmentation or modification of audio and/or video associated with the story-reading experience. This can include augmentation and modification of a reader’s voice, face, and/or other content associated with the story as the story is read. Overview: Various embodiments provide an interactive, shared, story-reading experience ...

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Google has joined Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Newegg and SAP to announce the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that is expected to cut down on patent troll litigation. The agreement is simple, patents of LOT network member companies cannot be used to sue other LOT network member companies even after patent transfer to other companies. The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold. The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent ...

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  A Microsoft patent filed on December 31, 2012 became public today. In this patent, Microsoft describes a system in which the mood of a user or group of users are collected based on various bio-sensors such as a heart rate monitor, an electrocardiography monitor, or a galvanic skin response monitor and the microcontroller causes a mood-actuated device to react based on the emotional state of the user. Microsoft has described a robotic butterfly as the mood-actuated device which will include a mechanical component that is configured to react by moving based on the emotional state of the user. This patent idea can be applied to various situations. For example, a robot may start entertaining the user if his/her mood is bad or a robot may perform certain action if the person is in medical emergency and more. Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for implementing a mood-actuated device. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have signed patent licensing agreement with Canon and the deal deal will enable further collaboration on R&D. This is a cross licensing agreement as opposed to what Microsoft usually signs with Android device OEMs. Microsoft also highlighted that the deal involves certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO —July2, 2014 —Microsoft Corp. and Canon Inc. on Wednesday broadened their strategic alliance with the announcement of a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. With this agreement, Microsoft and Canon gain licenses to each other’s highly valued and growing patent portfolios. “This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world,” said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP Licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while ...

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Contextually-appropriate task reminders are nothing new in 2014 as digital assitants like Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana already does that. Even though Cortana was released just few months back, Microsoft had this idea of context aware notifications years ago, for example this particular patent was filed back in 2011. The task reminders will be modified based on user’s time, location, tasks ahead, and several other factors. Abstract: A computing device learns over time how to identify task reminders that are most likely to be helpful to a user in different contexts. The task reminders can remind the user of activities that the user needs to do. The computing device displays a graphical user interface (GUI) that contains the task reminders identified as being most likely to be helpful to the user in the user’s current context. The computing device updates the task reminders in the GUI as the user’s context ...

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  We have previously reported about lots of patents related to augmented reality glasses from Microsoft. Today, another interesting patent was published. In this, the method of automatic scrolling of text is described for a see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device. This will allow users to enjoy text, such as in an electronic book or magazine, word processing document, email, karaoke, teleprompter or other public speaking assistance application without any user input to scroll through the content. User’s eye gaze is used as the input to enable this technology. Abstract: A see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device, e.g., in the form of glasses, provides view an augmented reality image including text, such as in an electronic book or magazine, word processing document, email, karaoke, teleprompter or other public speaking assistance application. The presentation of text and/or graphics can be adjusted based on sensor inputs indicating a gaze direction, focal distance and/or biological ...

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Horacio Gutierrez who is a corporate vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft has left the Worldwide IP group at Microsoft to take a new job within the company. As per his LinkedIn profile, he was previously responsible for Microsoft’s Worldwide Intellectual Property and Innovation Groups, including the legal teams supporting the following functions: Advanced Strategies and Research, Patents, Copyright, Trademarks, Licensing, Standards, as well as Regulatory Counseling and Compliance. Under his new job, he will be in charge of the Products and Services division in Microsoft’s Law and Corporate Affairs department. Horacio Gutierrez is corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Products and Services Group in Microsoft’s Law and Corporate Affairs department. As the head of LCA’s Products and Services Group, he leads the work of over 200 attorneys and legal professionals who provide front-line legal support to all of Microsoft’s business and products teams, including the Operating ...

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Horacio Gutierrez, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft blogged over the last weekend applauding the Supreme Court’s decision that abstract ideas are not eligible for patent protection in the Alice v. CLS Bank case. He claimed that court has correctly distinguished Alice’s invalid business method patents from valid patents that advance technology. In the recent times, there are lots of discussions happening in the technology industry on whether software patents are valid. But, this court’s ruling comes in favor that software patents are valid just like any other technology patents. The Court’s opinion follows closely the amicus brief we submitted with HP and Adobe, and recognizes that software inventions are eligible for patents, especially where they “improve the functioning of the computer itself … [or] effect an improvement in any other technology or technical field.” [p.15] Software patents are no different than other technological ...

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Virtual or soft keyboards has now become a norm on touch screen systems as it is the primary way to type text on these systems. Today, an old Microsoft patent went public in which Microsoft is describing a virtual touchpad. Just like virtual keyboards, virtual touchpads will be displayed in the OS and the user interaction on the virtual touchpad will be processed by the OS similar to how they handle actual physical touchpads. Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to simultaneously presenting a virtual touchpad and a graphical user interface of an operating system on the same display. A user can interact with the OS using the virtual touchpad, and user touches are read by a touch-screen portion of the display assigned to the touchpad. Touch input software converts touch packets from user touches into data packets relevant to the screen and display resolution of either the display or ...

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Microsoft today announced that Kinect Sports Rivals users can now shows their national spirit by using the newly available 39 different national kits in the game. To join in the “Kinect Sports Rivals: Summer of Sport”, head to your “Kinect Sports Rivals” locker room and find 39 different national kits. You can choose the nation’s team kit of your choice and compete across all six sports, earning bonus fans for your country along the way. To earn even more fans for your nation, compete in “Kinect Sports Rivals” Challenges. You’ll also be able to participate in a challenge to win an exclusive Xbox One soccer ball. But you’ll have to hurry! This prize is only available for a limited time. This nation kit program is available only from today till July. So, hurry up! To fully experience the “Kinect Sports Rivals: Summer of Sport,” make sure to download the “Kinect ...

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business has been cleared to close in 16 markets where the deal was approved without any conditions. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) however approved the deal on certain conditions as they feared Microsoft may use its dominant patent resource to get more royalty out of Chinese OEMs. You can read Microsoft’s commitments is here. At that time, Microsoft revealed that Android devices are built on hundreds of patent “families” owned by Microsoft. A Chinese agency has now published the lists of patents on a Chinese-language webpage. You can download the longer list of 310 patents or read it below. The below document has three sections, in which 73 patents are classified as “standard-essential patents,” or SEPs which Microsoft should license to others on FRAND terms. There are 127 patents that Microsoft believes are used in Android devices. And there is another classification that has “non-SEP” assets, which includes 68 patent applications and 42 issued patents. Microsoft ...

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Recently I came across couple of interesting patents filed by Microsoft. Find their abstracts below. Sensor-in-pixel display system with near infrared filter A display system includes both a cover panel and a display panel. The display panel includes multiple display pixels and multiple sensor elements configured to detect infrared light reflected from an object touching or close to the cover panel. The filter layer is configured to increase rejection of near infrared light reflected from the object prior to detection of the infrared light by the multiple sensor elements. The filter layer can be positioned in different locations, such as between the display panel and the cover panel, within the display panel, or within or on top of the cover panel. Glow touch feedback for virtual input devices The claimed subject matter is directed to providing feedback in a touch screen device in response to an actuation of a virtual ...

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Based on previous reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. The smartwatch will work with iPhones, Android and Windows devices. It will continuously measure heart rate through the day and night and will offer up to two days of battery life. Today, Gearlive.com claimed that they have seen the device in person, and it was similar to Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit in appearance. The device will include heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and a galvanic skin response sensor all built-in. The report even claims that Microsoft might make announcement about this device at E3 tomorrow. The Motely Fool even reports that Microsoft has already announced the Smartwatch, Microsoft just announced that it is developing a smartwatch that can monitor a user’s heart rate with a battery that lasts for up to two days. The watch will be compatible with Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Google ...

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Reuters today reported that Microsoft has agreed to participate in patent firm Intellectual Ventures’ latest acquisition fund. According to Reuters sources, while Microsoft and Sony agreed to take part in the latest acquisition fund, Apple and Intel which invested with IV previously, declined to participate. Last year IV curtailed patent acquisitions as it sought new investors, and IV now is ramping up, say three sources familiar with IV’s activity in the patent market. “Microsoft and Sony’s investments give IV a fresh war chest to buy new patents,” said Kevin Jakel, chief executive of Unified Patents, which advises tech companies on alternatives to patent aggregators like IV. But Apple and Intel’s decision is significant because the biggest tech companies have supported IV in the past. “This would be a dramatic departure,” Jakel said. Intellectual Ventures was created in 2000 and since then they have raised about $6 billion and acquired 70,000 patents and other intellectual ...

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Microsoft along with other industry-leading companies announced a new partnership for American innovation. Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer is partnering with Former U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos to highlight the value of intellectual property and patents to U.S. jobs and the economy. Read the full press release below. NEW YORK, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A diverse group of industry-leading companies — Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer — which have staked their businesses on innovation, have launched the Partnership for American Innovation (PAI) to safeguard America’s position as a global innovation leader. Former U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos, now a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, is a senior advisor to the group. PAI members represent a diverse cross section of the economy; they have different business models, use their patent portfolios in very different ways, and are frequently ...

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  Microsoft today announced a patent licensing agreement with Dell for its Chrome and Android based devices. REDMOND, Wash. — March 26, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and Dell announced a patent licensing agreement allowing the companies to share technology and build on each other’s innovations. It is the continuation of a nearly 30-year business relationship between Microsoft and Dell to deliver world-class technologies to consumers. “Our agreement with Dell shows what can be accomplished when companies share intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We have been partnering with technology manufacturers and vendors for many years to craft licensing deals, instead of litigation strategies.” “Today’s announcement builds on our history of collaborating to bring new technologies to market. The relationship between Dell and Microsoft continues to help Dell deliver choice and flexibility to customers looking for ...

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