The intensity and scale of the global patent war just went up a notch. Yesterday, a company that is co-owned, among others, by Apple and Microsoft filed lawsuits against Google and seven of the largest Android manufacturers.
Samsung patents smartphone-connected ‘sports’ glasses, is this the rumored Gear Glass?
Google is now intent on actually knowing what you’re looking for -- or at. A new patent filed by the Mountain View company wishes to track your eyeball, a bit like Samsung’s new devices do. The difference is that Google wants to know what you’re looking at in the real world, not on your device.
Apple patent, important to their ongoing troubles with Samsung, rejected by USPTO
The crux of the patent filing is the ability to distinguish between a two finger pinch action and one finger scrolling on a touchscreen device. Of the 21 claims in this patent filing, claim eight is the most important to their Samsung issues. That claim was crucial to their $1.05 billion initial judgement, but with a settlement review, it could unravel a bit for Apple.
Sources: Apple asked Samsung to pay $30-$40 per device to settle patent dispute
The mobile industry is infamous for its patent lawsuits, with Apple and Samsung being some of the worst culprits. But the Obama administration is looking a new legislation which could help to fix the issue.
Samsung invests $25 million in its new U.S. patent business