Apple Gets Another Ally in its Qualcomm Patent Royalty Fight

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple suing Qualcomm over patent royalty payments

The Computer & Communications Industry Association—which includes companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook—has thrown in with Apple in mobile device patent royalty fight with Qualcomm.

Apple Patent Details Controlling Your Smart Home from a Single Device

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch HomeKit smart home control

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new Apple patent application on Thursday describing a system for controlling your smart home from a single device that can learn new functions. The patent sounds a lot like an iPhone with HomeKit, which is no coincidence at all.

RSA Sues Apple Claiming Apple Pay Patent Infringement

· Jeff Gamet · News

RSA hits Apple and Visa with patent infringement lawsuit over Apple Pay

RSA filed a lawsuit against Apple and Visa over the weekend claiming the iPhone maker’s Apple Pay feature infringes on patents it owns. The company says it holds 13 patents covering Apple Pay technology, and hasn’t been able to get Apple or Visa to pay for licensing.

The Day the Music Died, Hello Alexa Calling - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-15

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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The internet is up in arms over the news that MP3 patent licensing has come to an end. Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to explain why that’s not the end of the work, or even something to worry about. They also explain why people may be overreacting to the ability to use Alexa Calling to contact anyone who enables the service.

MP3 Wasn't Killed, it was Set Free

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Fraunhofer Institute ends MP3 patent licensing

MP3 is dead and our music libraries are about to stop working! Or, at least that’s what the internet will have you believe since the Fraunhofer Institute announced it isn’t licensing its MP3 patents any more. Here’s the deal: MP3 isn’t dead, all your songs will still play, and you can keep buying MP3 tracks from music services.

Imagination Technologies Triggers Dispute Resolution Over Apple GPU Designs

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple dropping Imagination Technologies for its own mobile GPU chip design

It looks like Imagination Technologies and Apple haven’t found a way to kiss and make up because now they’ve entered into a formal dispute process. Imagination said on Thursday it started the process because it hasn’t been able to reach an agreement with Apple over licensing its tech for iPhone GPUs.

Apple Settles Unwired Planet's Patent Infringement Case Hours Before Trial

· Jeff Gamet · News

patent troll with justice scales

Unwired Planet’s patent infringement lawsuit against Apple is finally over because the two companies reached an undisclosed settlement just a day before they were scheduled to go to trial. The agreement most likely includes Apple writing a big check, and the patent holding company agreeing to leave the iPhone and Mac maker alone.

Blackberry Scores $814M Win for Qualcomm Overcharging Patent Royalties

· Jeff Gamet · News

Qualcomm paying Blackberry $814.9 million for overcharging patent royalties

Qualcomm has agreed to pay Blackberry US$814.9 million for overcharging patent royalties. Blackberry entered into arbitration with Qualcomm over claims it was being forced to pay too much to use the company’s patent protected technologies in its smartphones, which sounds exactly like Apple’s current lawsuit against Qualcomm.

Appellate Court Rules Smartflash Patents Invalid, Saving Apple $533 Million

· Bryan Chaffin · News

A troll unhappy with the scales of justice

Apple won a significant victory in court this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. That court ruled three patents owned by Smartflash LLC were invalid, according to Reuters, a ruling that saves Apple US$532.9 million by negating a damage award.

Sorry, Apple Didn't Patent a Vape Pen

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple patent is about vaporizing metals, not weed

We have the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod, and based on a recently published patent, some are saying the iVape is coming next. Apple’s patent describes something that sounds a lot like the vaping pens you use when you’re sitting on the couch getting baked while watching Scooby-Doo, except that using this design would probably kill you.