Review Category : Patents

Microsoft and Motorola are fighting against each other on patent cases in various courts. Microsoft and Motorola have asked the federal court judge in Western District of Washington to keep certain parts of their post-trial submissions as private. Since the submission details involves Motorola’s licenses with third parties and Microsoft’s business and marketing plans for future products, those details will be kept as secret. “For the same compelling reasons that the court sealed this evidence for purposes of trial, it would be consistent and appropriate to take the same approach in connection with the parties’ post-trial submissions,” the two companies argued in the court filing. Source: Reuters ...

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Yesterday, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled a summary judgment in Microsoft Vs. Motorola patent case. Judge ruled that Google’s owned subsidiary Motorola is not entitled to injunctive relief against Microsoft over any patents essential to the H.264 (video codec) or IEEE 802.11 (WiFi, or WLAN) standards. “Because Motorola cannot show irreparable harm or that monetary damages would be inadequate, the court agrees with Microsoft that injunctive relief is improper in this matter and grants Microsoft’s motion.” This is a big blow for Motorola and the ruling was already expected by Microsoft and other FRAND patent supporters. Now, Motorola has a clear way to end this case by licensing their standard essential patents to Microsoft under reasonable terms. Source: FOSS Patents, Microsoft/Motorola court order   ...

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  Windows 8 has an interesting way to unlock your device called Picture Password. Instead of typing regular passwords and pin numbers, picture passwords will allow you to unlock your PC in simple and secure manner. This is how Picture Password works, At its core, your picture password is comprised of two complimentary parts. There is a picture from your picture collection and a set of gestures that you draw upon it. Instead of having you pick from a canned set of Microsoft images, you provide the picture, because it increases both the security and the memorability of the password. You get to decide the content of the picture and the portions that are important to you. Plus, you get to see a picture that is important to you just like many people do on their phone lock screen. Now, Microsoft is trying to patent this feature and below is the ...

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Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 7, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. announced today that it signed patent licensing agreements for the use of the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) with five companies, spanning industries including high-end camcorders, digital cameras and Android tablets. The agreements cover Sharp Android tablets, Sigma and NextoDi high-end cameras and accessories, and Black Magic and Atomos Global broadcast-quality video-recording devices. exFAT is a modern file system that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability for an easy interchange of files between electronic devices. exFAT vastly improves on its predecessor, the FAT file system, and expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by more than five times. It also greatly increases the speed with which those files can be accessed. “Today’s agreements demonstrate the continued success of our licensing program and highlight the adoption of exFAT across multiple industries ...

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AOL, Inc., today announced that it has completed the previously announced $1.056 billion patent transaction with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) (“Microsoft”). The transaction includes the sale of over 800 patents and their related patent applications, and grants Microsoft a non-exclusive license to its retained patent portfolio for aggregate proceeds of $1.056 billion in cash. “The closing of this transaction represents another major step for AOL in increasing value for our shareholders,” said Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO. “As our track record has shown, you should expect us to continue our momentum of creating and unlocking shareholder value through continued operational improvements and executing on our strategy.” As a part of the transaction AOL also received a license to the patents being sold to Microsoft. AOL continues to hold a significant patent portfolio of over 300 patents and patent applications spanning core and strategic technologies, including advertising, search, content generation/management, social ...

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Find some of the recent patent filings from Microsoft that became public. SPEECH RECOGNITION USER INTERFACE Speech recognition techniques are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a novice mode is available such that when the user is unfamiliar with the speech recognition system, a voice user interface (VUI) may be provided to guide them. The VUI may display one or more speech commands that are presently available. The VUI may also provide feedback to train the user. After the user becomes more familiar with speech recognition, the user may enter speech commands without the aid of the novice mode. In this “experienced mode,” the VUI need not be displayed. Therefore, the user interface is not cluttered. 3D Vision On A Chip A 3D camera for determining distances to regions in a scene wherein gating or modulating apparatus for the 3D camera is incorporated on a photosurface of the camera on which ...

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Today Microsoft and AOL announced the patent deal between two companies. As a result of this $1 Billion deal, Microsoft will acquire more than 800 patents from AOL and also license more than 300 patents that AOL will currently own. This deal will help Microsoft to defend itself from the growing patent fights in technology industry. Press Release: AOL and Microsoft Announce $1.056 Billion AOL to sell more than 800 patents to Microsoft; Microsoft to license more than 300 additional patents and patent applications from AOL . Transaction is tax-efficient for AOL. Upon closing, AOL expects to return a significant portion of the proceeds to shareholders NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) (the “Company”) today announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell over 800 of its patents and their related patent applications to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) (“Microsoft”) and to grant Microsoft a non-exclusive license ...

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Detecting finger orientation on a touch-sensitive device: The determination of an orientation of a finger touching a touch-sensitive device is disclosed. In one embodiment, a computing device comprises a display screen configured to display an image to a user, and an intensity-sensitive touch-sensing input mechanism configured to detect one or more objects touching the display screen. The device also comprises a controller configured to determine an orientation of a finger touching the screen from a direction between a center of a first set of touch data and a center of a second set of touch data, and to adjust an image on the display screen in response to a determined orientation of the finger. Wearable computer pointing device Described is a technology by which a computer pointing device (generally a mouse but alternatively a game controller or remote control device) may be worn on the hand and operated without needing ...

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Read some of the interesting recent patent applications from Microsoft that became public. LOCATION AND CONTEXTUAL-BASED MOBILE APPLICATION PROMOTION AND DELIVERY Apparatus and methods are disclosed for selecting one or more mobile device applications using context data describing the current environment of a mobile device and application metadata describing environment conditions where applications are more likely to be relevant, in order to improve the experience of discovering, downloading, and installing mobile device applications. According to one embodiment, a method comprises associating metadata with mobile device applications automatically receiving context data representing a current geographical location from a mobile phone, searching the metadata to determine which applications are likely of interest based on the current geographical location, and transmitting notification data to the mobile phone indicating the determined applications. Projection of Images onto Tangible User Interfaces The techniques described herein provide a surface computing device that includes a surface layer configured ...

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Read some of the interesting recent patent applications from Microsoft that became public. Achievement incentives within a console-based gaming environment A computer-implemented method is disclosed for encouraging downloads of a game. The method includes displaying an achievement advertisement and subsequently receiving input indicative of the achievement advertisement. The input is responded to by displaying a download component related to a game associated with the achievement advertisement. Game of chance A game of chance includes receiving a stake corresponding to a target game-item from a player. In each phase of the game, a random integer is selected and a game-item corresponding to that integer is removed from play. If the target game-item is removed from play, the player is awarded a return and the game of chance ends. If specific game-items or combinations of game items are removed from play, the player is defeated, and the game of chance ends. A ...

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Usually we post on interesting patents applied by Microsoft. For a change, I thought of publishing some recent interesting patent filings from Microsoft’s arch rivals Apple & Google. From Google, Live Wallpaper: (Android stuff) Display of on-screen elements is coordinated, which includes generating a graphical wallpaper representation in a first process on a first visual layer on a display of a computing device, generating one or more graphical objects in a second process on a second visual layer of the display, wherein the second visual layer is positioned visually on top of the first visual layer, receiving user interactions with the one or more graphical objects and generating information that reflects the user interactions, and communicating the generated information to the first process. Social Messaging User Interface (Android stuff) Hubs for social interaction via electronic devices are described. In one aspect, a data processing device includes a display screen displaying ...

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Read some of the interesting recent patent applications from Microsoft that became public. 3D vision on a chip: A 3D camera for determining distances to regions in a scene comprising: a photosurface having a plurality of pixels each of which comprises a circuit having a light sensitive element that provides a current responsive to light incident thereon, wherein the circuit comprises, at least one amplifier inside the pixel, having an input and an output; at least one feedback capacitor separate from the light sensitive element and connected between the input and output of each of the at least one amplifier; at least one controllable connection through which current flows from the light sensitive element into the input of the at least one amplifier; a light source; and, a controller that, controls the light source to illuminate the scene with light, opens and closes the at least one controllable connection to ...

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Parental controls for entertainment content Parental controls for entertainment digital media are provided that allow a parent to restrict multiple user’s access to entertainment content. One or more updatable rating definition files with dynamic data are used to define rating levels and content descriptors for a regional rating system. Entertainment content definition files define the rating level and content descriptors for entertainment content. User permission settings define a particular user’s access rating level and content descriptors. The rating definition file can be used to compare the entertainment content definition file and user permission settings in determining if a user is allowed access to particular entertainment content. Computation of travel routes, durations, and plans over multiple contexts A route planning system comprises a receiver component that receives a request for directions between a beginning point and a destination point. An analysis component analyzes a traffic system representation that varies as context ...

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    Hybrid maps with embedded street-side images: The claimed subject matter relates to a computer-implemented architecture that can generate a map. The map can be a hybrid between an orthographic projection map and street-side images, thus including useful aspects from both types of representations. For example, an orthographic projection map is very effective at presenting global relationships among the features of the map but not effective at presenting local detail. In contrast, street -side images show excellent detail but do not convey the global information of an orthographic projection map. The hybrid map can thus provide a richer set of information than conventional maps and can also display objects/features of the hybrid map in multiple perspectives simultaneously on a single representation that is printable. Recording media on gaming consoles Abstract An integrated gaming and media experience is disclosed, including recording of content on a gaming console. A digital video ...

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TECHNIQUES TO AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS Techniques to automatically update software applications are described. An apparatus may comprise a processor and a memory. The memory may store an update component that when executed by the processor is operative to manage updates for an application program. The update component may comprise an update manager and a permission manager. The update manager may be operative to update a file version for one or more application files of the application program and store one or more current file version identifiers for the one or more application files of the application program in the memory. The permission manager may be operative to receive a communication request to communicate with a remote device from the application program prior to communicating information to the remote device, and send a communication response granting or denying the communication request to the application program based on the one or ...

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We all know about the ongoing patent fight between Microsoft and Motorola in USA. But as noticed by Florian Muller of FOSS Patents, recent US Court proceedings reveal that Microsoft and Motorola are fighting patent lawsuits even in Germany. Motorola Mobility and its wholly-owned subsidiary General Instrument Corporation brought lawsuits in Mannheim, while Microsoft filed actions over three patents with the Munich I Regional Court (Munich has two district courts, with Munich I covering the city of Munich and Munich II the outskirts). Motorola has asserted the following patents against Microsoft in Mannheim( A city in Germany), EP0739521 on a “method of splitting handwritten input” EP0847654 on a “multiple pager status synchronization system and method”; this one was also at issue against Apple in a hearing last Friday Microsoft is asserting the following three patents in Munich: EP0669021 on “multi-lingual computer programs” EP1304891 on “communicating multi-part messages between cellular devices using a standardized interface” EP0651328 on an ...

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