A US appeals court on Wednesday considered whether Oracle should be afforded copyright protection over certain portions of the Java programming language in a case that is being closely watched by software developers.
The appeal, being heard by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC, is the latest chapter in the company's long-running patent and copyright battle over Google's use of Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in Android. Oracle sued Google in 2010, alleging that Google's use of 37 Java APIs in its mobile operating system constituted patent and copyright infringement.
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A talking toupee? It might be a reality one day if Sony decides to do anything with a new patent it's been awarded.
The patent's broadly titled "Wearable Computing Device," but things get more detailed in the patent abstract:
"Wearable computing device, comprising a wig that is adapted to cover at least a part of a head of a user, at least one sensor for providing input data, a processing unit that is coupled to at least one sensor for processing said input data, and a communication interface that is coupled to the processing unit for communicating with a second computing device. The at least one sensor, the processing unit, and the communication interface are arranged in the wig and at least partly covered by the wig in order to be visually hidden during use." … Read more
Apple won several patents on Tuesday, including one that covers wireless charging.
Apple's patent win with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) describes a method by which consumers can power up everything from desktops to mobile devices with a wireless charger.
The patent, which was reported on earlier by Patently Apple, includes a diagram showing a desktop computer, along with a keyboard, mouse, and portable music player, being charged on a "virtual charging area." In terms of Apple products, the diagram appears to be showing devices similar to the iMac and iPod, along with an Apple … Read more
A federal judge has denied Samsung's emergency motion to stay a patent infringement damages trial while the validity of a key patent is re-examined.
After a jury found last year that Samsung had infringed on five Apple patents related to the iPhone's design and functionality, a judge vacated about $450 million of the original award and ordered a new trial to recalculate damages. Samsung filed its motion on Wednesday while the jury was deliberating on how much the South Korean electronics giant should pay Apple in addition to the $600 million it already owes from the first trial. … Read more
"I wish Samsung could have come up with more evidence to support its case," forewoman Colleen Allen told reporters outside the courthouse following the verdict. The 36-year-old from Aromas, Calif., works as a nurse in a community hospital. She formerly served as a combat medic in the US military.
An eight-person jury on Thursday ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $290.5 million in additional damages for patent infringement, … Read more
That brings its total award to about $930 million. Samsung believed it owed Apple only $52 million more in damages.
"For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money," Apple said in a statement. "It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it's impossible to put a price tag on … Read more
The amount is close to the $380 million more Apple requested but much higher than the $52 million Samsung said it owed.
Check out our further coverage of the verdict here.
The jury of six women and two men reached the decision slightly before noon PT Thursday after deliberating since midday Tuesday. Wednesday, the jury … Read more
"Terminating the jury's deliberations would render the entire trial a nullity, and cause an extraordinary waste of the court's and Apple's resources in preparing for and conducting the trial," the company's attorneys said in a filing. "Apple would suffer extreme prejudice from having the deliberations aborted, which ultimately would require a … Read more
According to court documents, the Patent Office questioned whether Apple patent No. 7,844,915, also known as "pinch to zoom," is a valid patent. The '915 patent covers technology that can distinguish whether a user is scrolling with one finger versus using several touch points at once for a pinch-to-zoom action.
The Patent Office has been re-examining the claims of the '915 … Read more