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Fighting over scraps in Apple's withering patent war with Samsung

Commentary: As Apple's self-destructive campaign against Android winds down, all that's left to fight over are damages in two US cases involving basic design elements.

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Apple, Samsung agree to bury overseas litigation ax

A deal settles all lawsuits pending outside the US, but US patent lawsuits between the two are unaffected.

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Apple envisions wireless wristbands for hospital stays

The tech could be used for a disposable wristband that stores and transmits health information to your doctor's smartphone.

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Microsoft hits Samsung with Android patent-royalty suit

Microsoft files a contract dispute suit against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties.

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Apple envisions new ways to use 'bump' tech

A patent application describes several ways to share data between wireless devices with a tap -- and Apple isn't just thinking about phones.

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Apple patent looks to smarten up the iPhone's security lock

A newly published patent envisions a more secure smartphone that will require a range of unlocking codes based on users' locations.

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Microsoft, Canon shake on patent licensing agreement

The two companies will share intellectual property on a "broad range of products and services," including those for certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products.

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Supreme Court raises bar on software patent claims

New ruling in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank means firms must do more to advance 'abstract' software claims to receive a patent.

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China lets slip Microsoft's Android patent licensing details

Hundreds of patents which secure Microsoft lucrative Android licensing deals have been published by the Chinese government.

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Apple wins patents on Game Center, iPhone Burst Mode

US Patent and Trademark Office grants 59 patents to the iPhone maker, adding to its already huge trove of intellectual property.

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Patent reform bill targeting patent trolls shelved in Senate

Bill aimed at reducing patent litigation removed from agenda after lawmakers failed to reach agreement on key details.

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The 404 1,483: Where we doge the draft (podcast)

Amazon gets awarded a ridiculous patent, a video shows what happens when an untreated paranoid schizophrenic gets a smartphone, a health tracker that might help you quit smoking, the US Navy's new eReader, and more.

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