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Oct 25 AT 4:37 PM Anthony Domanico 141 Comments

The lawsuits are about to get uglier: Apple wins patent on slide to unlock

Apple has scored a potentially key victory in the Great Patent Race of 2011. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple a patent on the “Slide to Unlock” functionality that was made popular with the introduction of the iPhone and is now found in many Android devices. The details ... Read More »

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Sep 08 AT 1:06 PM Dustin Earley 32 Comments

Microsoft continuing to cash in on Android

Selling patent licenses and “protecting” smaller companies is nothing new for Microsoft. Earlier this summer, Microsoft made headlines several times for doing just that. Microsoft has been doing this for years now, so what’s made these latest licensing deals headline worthy? It’s because the patents haven’t gone out to cover Windows manufacturers. Instead, Android manufacturers ... Read More »

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Aug 23 AT 1:57 PM Dustin Earley 36 Comments

Microsoft files to ban imports of Motorola smartphones

In today’s episode of the patent wars, it seems Microsoft has finally proven they’re ready to get serious. Standing before the US International Trade Commission today, Microsoft has requested a ban on all imports of Motorola smartphones. The company claims Motorola devices infringe upon seven different patents Microsoft controls.

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Aug 22 AT 4:18 PM Dustin Earley 47 Comments

Are manufacturers prematurely leaving Android after Motorola acquisition?

As the aftermath of Google’s acquisition of Motorola continues to play out, different manufacturers are handling the news in entirely different ways. Samsung has made a commitment to bolstering their software department. They’ve already hired Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik, and rumors of a MIUI partnership are making headlines again. HTC has gone all out ... Read More »

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