A recent patent filing from Microsoft reveals a new switchable magnetic lock mechanism that could be used in smartphones, laptops and others. Find the excerpt from the patent below. Current solution followed by various OEMs: Many computing devices have movable and removable parts and peripherals. A smart phone may include a stylus. a laptop a hinged display. a tablet computer a battery charger. or a portable audio player a docking station, to name just a few. Current techniques often fix these parts and peripherals to their computing devices using mechanic connectors, such as latches, sliding tabs, and so forth. These mechanical connectors, however, often fail to provide a satisfactory design because they have objects that jut out or holes that pierce the computer body, part, or peripheral. Examples include exposed latches, latch holes, tabs hooks, and tab reception detents, to name just a few. Some techniques have attempted to address this ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced the initiative to make its list of patents publicly accessible to anyone on the internet. Following the same path, Microsoft last year announced its plans to provide electronic access to Microsoft’s prior art today. By making this information available to the USPTO and public, reviewers can better ensure issued patents reflect truly novel inventions. Microsoft today announced that the beta testing will be over soon and they are implementing the USPTO’s feedback. They are planning to make the service available to all patent examiners by May 2014 and will continue to add to the database with the goal of providing examiners access to more than 10 million archived Microsoft technical documents. The USPTO reviews thousands of applications, and part of that review includes a search to see if the idea is truly novel. Right now, though, the USPTO lacks easy access to an enormous amount of this ...

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Today, Samsung and Google announced their cross-license patent agreement that will cover both existing patents and patents that will be filed over next 10 years. As we all know, Samsung is known for its imitation/copying of others innovation and it was evident after various courts asked Samsung to pay Apple for violating their patents. Google with their Android OS violates no.of patents owned by Microsoft and many other companies is already under fire in various courts across the world. Now since they both have partnered on patents. will it save them from patent cases? I don’t think so. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Google Inc. today furthered their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas. The mutually beneficial agreement covers the two companies’ existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years. “We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license ...

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Rockstar Consortium, a patent holding company jointly owned by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony was formed when Nortel’s patents were open for bidding. Rockstar won the bidding and it is now in the process of striking licensing deals with other companies to give back the money to its founders. Last year, Rockstar Consortium and its MobileStar Technologies subsidiary sued Google, Huawei and other Android OEMs for violating its patents. Google even submitted their response to court regarding this patent case. Today, FOSS Patents reported that Huawei has settled with Rockstar Consortium and decided to drop the patent case in the court. While the motion to dismiss does not explicitly state that the parties have settled, it would be utterly unrealistic to believe that Rockstar would let Huawei use those patents without a royalty-bearing license. Whatever the basis of this settlement may be, a “freebie” it’s certainly not. This is ...

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Microsoft is competing with market leader Amazon in providing cloud services. They are already in price war and delivering reliable and top notch performance is a must have in this business. The cloud pricing scheme differs on performance levels and the new patent from Microsoft researchers revealed a new pricing approach where customers can either bid a price they’re willing to pay or to be quoted a price based on the system’s estimate of the resources needed to deliver that performance. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft delivers this pricing scheme to its customers. Abstract: Described are performance-based pricing models for pricing execution of a client job in a cloud service. Client-provided performance-related parameters are used to determine a price. The price may be a minimum bid price that is evaluated against a bid received from client bidder to accept or reject the bid. Alternatively, the price may be returned ...

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Microsoft was ranked 5th among the top 10 US patent winners of 2013. Microsoft totally was awarded with 2,660 patents. IBM was once again leading the list with 6,809 patents for 21st year, followed by Samsung, Canon and Sony. Surprisingly, there are only three US companies in the list which are Microsoft, IBM and Qualcomm. Microsoft is the only company on the top 10 list which primarily does software business while the other 9 companies deal mostly with hardware and services which are easily patentable. The Top 10 U.S. Patent Winners of 2013: 1)  IBM             6,809 2)  Samsung         4,676 3)  Canon           3,825 4)  Sony            3,098 5)  Microsoft       2,660 6)  Panasonic       2,601 7)  Toshiba         2,416 8)  Hon Hai         2,279 9)  Qualcomm        2,103 10) LG Electronics  1,947 Press Release: MADISON, Conn., Jan. 14, 2014 — IFI CLAIMS® Patent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, ...

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Rockstar consortium which was created by Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies to acquire patents from Nortel Networks in 2011. Rockstar Consortium won the bid for $4.5 billion against the rival group which included Google, Intel and others. Bloomberg today reported that Rockstar is in discussions to sell a part of those patents in order to monetize their investment in this intellectual property. The group, called Rockstar Consortium, has recently been in conversations with possible buyers about the patents, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. Rockstar, which also includes BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY), Ericsson AB and Sony Corp., has had little success in landing large licensing deals for the patents, three of the people said. This is not a completely new news because Rockstar already sold $1 million worth of patents to a company called Spherix in July. Also Rockstar is already suing ...

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Now this is only a rumor, and to be perfectly honest, not one I really believe.  However, TechCrunch, which is owned by AOL, is reporting that Microsoft is considering buying Winamp & Shoutcast.  Winamp is media playing software for Windows and Android devices that AOL picked up through its $80 million acquisition of Nullsoft in 1999.  Nullsoft also developed Shoutcast which is a cross platform propriety streaming media software. AOL is currently in the process of shutting down both Winamp and Shoutcast.  With the increasing popularity of Spotify, Pandora, ITunes, etc is seems to make little sense that Microsoft would want either piece of software.  Spotify recently raised $250 million valuing the company around ~$4 billion, greater than AOL’s entire market cap.  However, it is important to remember Microsoft did buy over a billion dollars in patents from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and then proceeded to sell some of them ...

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Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against Acacia Research Corp today, charging that Acacia broke a contract to license various smartphone and mobile computing technologies to Microsoft. The lawsuit, filed under seal in New York federal court, follows a number of patent infringement lawsuits brought by Acacia subsidiaries against Microsoft in October in Texas, Delaware and Illinois. In 2010, Microsoft agreed to pay an Acacia subsidiary to license a portfolio of patents related to smartphones and tablets ultimately owned by Tokyo-based web browser firm Access Co. In October, various Acacia subsidiaries filed lawsuits against Microsoft, charging that the software company had infringed more than a dozen patents. Microsoft’s lawsuit is a response to those actions.  “Acacia’s lawsuits are the worst kind of abusive litigation behaviour, attempting to extract payment based on litigation tactics and not the value of its patents,” said David Howard, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, in an emailed statement. ...

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Another huge patent war is going to start soon. Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion. Google is accused of infringing seven patents. The patents cover technology that helps match Internet search terms with relevant advertising, the lawsuit said, which is the core of Google’s search business. In fact, Google tried its hand in bidding to buy Nortel’s patents but they eventually lost of Rockstar consortium. The lawsuit points out that, “Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe,”. Apple and Microsoft are already fighting patent battles against various Android OEMs in the courts. But this is the ...

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Microsoft today announced their participation in a cross-industry coalition dedicated to the creation of an effective European unitary patent system. This coalition includes 14 companies and users of the European patent system. Find the list of signatories below. adidas AG Apple Inc. BlackBerry Limited Bull SAS Cisco Systems Inc. Deutsche Post DHL Deutsche Telekom AG European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) Google Inc. Hewlett-Packard Company Intel Corporation Microsoft Corporation Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Syndicat de l’Industrie des Technologies de l’Information (SFIB) Telecom Italia S.p.A. Yahoo! Inc. Microsoft along with all the above member companies have been working collaboratively for several months to suggest solutions that support the creation of an effective, balanced and harmonized Europe-wide patent system. You can read the letter sent by this group to European policy makers on recommendations to those solutions. Read about it in detail here. ...

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Microsoft has won another the patent trial against Motorola yesterday. The Jury ruled that Motorola failed to maintain fair and reasonable licensing terms when it negotiated with Microsoft over the Wi-Fi and H.264 intellectual property used in various products like Xbox, Windows 7 and more. This is not the first time Microsoft won against Motorola in courtroom, previously the court ruled that the standard, essential patents of Motorola were not worth $4 billion as claimed instead suggested few million dollars. Also the court yesterday asked Motorola to pay $11 million for the costs of relocating a warehouse of Microsoft in Germany due to an injunction on certain Microsoft products brought by Motorola in that country along with $3 million for legal fees. Microsoft on this verdict, “This is a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together,” A Motorola spokesman on the verdict, “We’re ...

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We all know the power of research in medicine and allied applications are much more essential for healthy human life. As the exciting field of machine learning research progresses leaps and bounds, the researchers at Microsoft are also contributing to the innovation at a large propotion. Recently, Microsoft was awarded the prestigious  USPTO’s Patents for Humanity Award in Information Technology category for the work in advanced machine learning techniques. Microsoft researchers have been working on Infer.NET over the last 10 years to provide a framework that makes it much easier to apply advanced machine learning techniques to solve challenging problems. Microsoft provides Infer.NET free of charge for non-commercial purposes, such as scientific or medical research. Examples of joint research studies involving Infer.NET include: · An asthma study to investigate the early indicators of severe asthma in children and to try to shed light on the environmental and genetic causes of ...

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Microsoft recently got a patent related to mobile phone behavior under special circumstances. Microsoft describes it as “inconspicuous mode” of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. Read the full abstract below. A communication device is configured to switch from a normal mode of operation to an inconspicuous mode of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. In addition, other display properties such as contrast and brightness may be adjusted to make them less conspicuous. The home screen in the inconspicuous mode of operation is less obtrusive or ...

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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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