The USPTO has granted LG a patent for a futuristic smartphone that has a transparent display and folds right down the middle. It could represent the first type of foldable smartphone from the Korean company, no doubt owing to its current success in making flexible screens for its TVs.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 12, 2019
Blizzard wants to patent the 'Overwatch' Play of the Game, which is a feature that once received many complaints during the early days of the multiplayer shooter. The patent filing dives into deep detail over the 'Overwatch' POTG feature.
Video Games June 27, 2018
The future iPhone may not only scan your face, but your veins as well. A patent Apple filed in 2015 illustrates a technology that can scan beneath the skin and into the veins, which could deliver more accurate recognition.
Apple May 17, 2018
A recent patent filed by Samsung shows smartphones designed with a notch. It seems that the South Korean manufacturer copied the design from Apple's iPhone X.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 18, 2018
A newly published patent by Apple shows that the company is thinking of ways on how to prevent crumbs and dusts from messing with keyboards on a MacBook. Don’t get excited yet, though.
Apple March 10, 2018
Amazon could very well be in the process of creating a mirror that lets users try on virtual clothes. However, not all patents become real products.
Gadgets January 4, 2018
Imagine if Siri knows when you’re whispering and also whispers back in response. Apple apparently made a patent exactly for that feature, but don’t get excited yet.
Apple December 16, 2017
According to a just-released patent, it appears Samsung has been toying with the idea of scanning a user’s palm to give them hints if they forget their password. However, it won’t stand as an unlocking method.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech December 5, 2017
Samsung just lost its longstanding patent war against Apple. After a lengthy legal battle involving slide to unlock and quick links patents, the court is now upholding its original verdict that requires Samsung to pay nearly $120 million in damages.
Apple November 8, 2017
Gamers are very angry over an Activision patent that will encourage players to engage in microtransactions. The growing trend of paid downloadable content has frustrated players, and the systems in the patent will only make things worse.
Video Games October 19, 2017
Motorola filed a patent for self-healing screens that can fix themselves after suffering from damage through heat. The technology would make Wolverine, Deadpool, and Spider-Man proud, if it ever becomes a working feature.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 17, 2017
Accessory maker Gamevice claimed that Nintendo infringed on a patent that it holds with the Joy-Cons of the Nintendo Switch. Is this a legitimate lawsuit, or is Gamevice looking to leech off the success of the hybrid console?
Video Games August 12, 2017
Apple has been ordered to pay $506 million in damages to the patent licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison over a patent infringement lawsuit. Apple will appeal the decision, but there are other legal battles ahead for the company.
Apple July 26, 2017
Apple emerged victorious in the lawsuit filed by Shenzhen Baili. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has overturned the previous decree, which stated Apple violated some design patents.
Apple March 28, 2017
Broad Institute retains the lucrative rights to gene-editing technique CRISPR after a U.S. patent office’s ruling found no 'interference' on the patent. On the losing side is the University of California, Berkeley, considered as the home of this particular technology.
Biotech February 16, 2017
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent last week, filed by Apple, which outlines a vaporizer technology. However, it’s best not to get too excited yet.
Apple January 27, 2017
A new patent hints that Motorola could integrate an iris scanner into its future smartphones. The upcoming Moto Z (2017) could potentially be equipped with this futuristic technology.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 27, 2017
Apple has been accused of infringing a 15-year-old patent by Seatoun Media, which alleges that several of the company's products are misusing its technology. Apple has not responded to the allegations.
Apple January 18, 2017
Microsoft has just secured a patent for what looks to be a foldable smartphone, whose form factor can be warped into a tablet. But don’t get too excited.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 17, 2017
Withings products such as the Body Cardio Scale can no longer be purchased through Apple's online and physical stores. Why did Apple take down the health-related devices in the middle of the holiday season?
Apple December 23, 2016
Apple and Nokia are once again locked in an international patent battle after settling such a lawsuit in 2011. What are the two companies fighting about this time?
Apple December 22, 2016
Apple has been granted a patent for bendable devices with a flexible OLED display, filed back in 2014. The patent shows a device foldable in numerous ways, though it’s uncertain whether Apple will release a bendable iPhone in the future.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 23, 2016
Apple has been awarded a patent which allows for a device to be foldable without breaking. Apple has long been rumored to be experimenting with bendable screens for a future iteration of the iPhone, and the patent bolsters the notion.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 6, 2016
After the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, many folks found the device to be less than stellar, but what if Nintendo is holding some features very close to its chest? New patents give the impression this is indeed the case.
Video Games October 27, 2016
Apple has been awarded a patent that describes a technology to integrate sensors into the display of an electronic device. Is a bezel-free iPhone featuring an edge-to-edge screen on the way?
Apple October 12, 2016
Apple’s newly awarded patent means it could get rid of the Home Button in its next model, and instead feature its Touch ID fingerprint sensor underneath the display.
Apple October 5, 2016
Samsung has recently been awarded the patent for a foldable tablet with a keyboard and built-in stand. The listing, however, only offers the design concept of the device.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 4, 2016
The first vehicle-related patent of Apple will come as a surprise to those looking forward to the Apple Car. The invention, covered by the approved patent, is for a steering device that can be used to improve military trucks.
Apple August 10, 2016
A Samsung patent application suggests that the company is working on three new wireless charger designs. The wireless chargers would be able to charge a smartwatch and a smartphone simultaneously.
Gadgets July 25, 2016
Snapchat recently showcased a patent filing that adds filters, ads and coupons to the photos of its users. This should bring additional revenue for the company and help users save some money as well.
Apps/Software July 19, 2016
Nintendo has filed a new patent application for what looks like a handheld device. Some speculate that the unit could have something to do with the NX, which could offer a hybrid console/handheld experience.
Video Games July 6, 2016
A patent application filed by Nest suggests that the company is developing a smart crib to help parents monitor their babies. The crib will have sensors, microphones, monitors and more, which will help parents track the activity of their babies.
Gadgets July 1, 2016
A man from Florida wants a piece of Apple’s profits, as he claims the company used his patent in manufacturing iPhones and iPads. Unfortunately, there was only one problem with Thomas S. Ross’ patent filing application from 1992.
Apple June 30, 2016
A new patent from Samsung for its iris scanner reveals how the technology will operate on the upcoming Galaxy Note 7. Samsung will apparently use a new type of 'triple-camera system' to house iris scanning abilities.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 29, 2016
Google patented a sticky adhesive coating on its self-driving vehicles. This patent is aimed to reduce cases of fatal road accidents involving autonomous cars.
Car Tech May 22, 2016
A new patent that has been awarded to Apple suggests that the company could be using ultrasound imaging technology, which will negate the need for a physical home button in future iPhones and embed fingerprint scanning within the screen.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech May 19, 2016
Samsung has filed a patent application for a smartwatch that can beam the display onto a user's hand or any nearby surface. Here's how it's expected to work.
Wearable Tech May 17, 2016
In the images accompanying the patent, an illustration shows what looks like a paper flyer with phone number tabs at the bottom, presumably designed to be ripped off.
Google May 5, 2016
In the patent, illustrations demonstrate the injection of an electronic device that would focus light on the retina and would be powered wirelessly through an energy-harvesting antenna.
Google April 29, 2016
Tech companies have faced off with Uniloc’s Patent ‘216. Through a case filed out of the federal courts, the tech companies have finally won the battle against one of the biggest patent trolls in history.
Legal March 28, 2016
Facebook recently got a patent filing for an app that can recognize slang words on the social media platform. The software scans and recognizes novel terms, adding them to a database that can be helpful in many ways.
Internet March 9, 2016
Hedy Lamarr is famously known as an exotic Hollywood beauty but it's time to learn more about the actress' contributions to science and technology. Find out how she improved everyone's lives with her patented idea.
Feature November 10, 2015
Add this one to the growing list of iPhone 7 rumors – a "panic mode" that can be initiated with a secret "panic finger." The latest Apple patent reveals Touch ID recognizing a specific fingerprint that when used would automatically put an iPhone into "panic mode" and locks down the phone.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 8, 2015
A recently published Apple patent hinted that the company has a Force Touch keyboard in the pipeline. The patent was filed in 2012, and suggested that Apple may already be working on a MacBook that utilizes this technology.
Computers November 5, 2015
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the possible Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge might come equipped with 3D Touch-like technology due to a newly-discovered Samsung patent.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 20, 2015
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