Google Found Guilty in SimpleAir Patent Case
Google has been found guilty of infringing on a patent held by SimpleAir. The verdict, reached by a federal jury on January 18, was announced today by SimpleAir. The patent in question pertains to push notification technology found in the Google Cloud Messaging and Android Cloud to Device Messaging services, which are encompassed within Android smartphones and tablets. The notifications covered apps such as Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter. Google was found guilty on all five claims made by SimpleAir. Further, the patent itself was found to be valid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The jury could not agree on damages, so a separate trial will be held to determine how much money Google owes SimpleAir. SimpleAir said it is seeking $125 million. The trial took place in Texas.
Google Adds a Dash of AI to Gmail with High-Priority Notifications On Mobile and Smart Replies on the Web
Apr 25, 2018
Google today introduced new features to Gmail both on the web and on mobile devices. The web version of Gmail sees the largest number of changes and adds smart features meant to help people move through their email more efficiently.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Apple Says iOS 12 Will Be Faster, Work Better On Older iPhones
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
Jury Says Samsung On the Hook for $539M Over Apple Designs
May 24, 2018
A California jury today decided that Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for copying its smartphone designs. The decision comes after a retrial concerning the amount of damages owed for the 2012 case that found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design patents.
Apple vs. Samsung Heads Back to Court
Oct 23, 2017
Samsung will get another chance to reduce the amount of money it owes to Apple for copying the look of the iPhone. The original verdict is not in question: Samsung is guilty of violating Apple's design patents in a case that dates back to April 2011.
Patent Trolls Unite!!!!
But the shadiness of the texas illegal system notwithstanding, this is the perfect example of patent trolls...
"A system and method for data communication connecting on-line networks with on-line and off-line computers. The present system provides for broadcast of up to the minute notification centric information thereby providing an instant call to action for users who are provided with the ability to instantaneously retrieve further detailed information. The notification centric portions of information is wirelessly broadcast to wireless receiving devices which are attached to computing devices. Upon receipt of the information at the persona...
Of course, consider it from the position of the small business - they probably went through a big brainstorming and development process to come up with this kind of "PA system" for computing devices. (unless they just ripped the idea off...