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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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Photographers howl at Amazon patent of decades-old idea

A patent that covers a technique for taking photos with no-fuss white backgrounds is decades old, raising a new round of criticisms about the merits of the US patent system.

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A sneak peek at Amazon's 3D smartphone

Pictures online have revealed Amazon's first smartphone; the Samsung vs. Apple verdict; and Google Glass is only $80?

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Apple v. Samsung 2014 infringed devices scorecard

The jury has returned its verdict in this year's big Apple v. Samsung case. Check out what devices were found to violate which patents.

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Samsung kicks off infringement case against Apple with FaceTime claim

After defending itself against claims that it violated Apple's patents for the iPhone, the Korean electronics maker accused its smartphone rival of violating two Samsung patents.

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