Microsoft Agrees with Apple's Stance on Patent Rules
Microsoft today released a statement that echoes that of a request made by Apple for a set of guidelines that determine how companies license patents that are considered "essential" for certain products. "Industry standards are vitally important to the development of the Internet and to interoperability among mobile devices and other computers," the company said in a statement. "Consumers and the entire industry will suffer if, in disregard of this promise, firms seek to block others from shipping products on the basis of such standard essential patents." Microsoft pledged that it will: adhere to promises to make its standard essential patents available for fair terms; not seek injunctions against firms on the basis of essential patents; and will not transfer its standard essential patents to other firms unless those firms agree to its conditions. Microsoft licenses its smartphone patents to manufacturers of Android smartphones.
Unicode 11 with Dozens of New Emoji Arrives June 5
Jun 1, 2018
New emoji are coming to a phone near you, eventually. Unicode 11.0, which was finalized in February, will be released on June 5, according to Emojipedia.
Nokia, Apple File Dueling Patent Lawsuits
Dec 21, 2016
Nokia and Apple have this week filed patent-related lawsuits against one another in various jurisdictions. Nokia's claims, filed in Germany and the U.S., say that Apple is using Nokia's patented technology without permission.
Google, Seeking Patent Peace, Debuts PAX Licensing Network
Apr 3, 2017
Google today announced PAX, a patent-licensing initiative for Android that the company hopes will help resolve and/or prevent patent-related threats. Companies that join PAX give each other royalty-free patent licenses that cover Android and Google applications on compatible devices.
New York Governor Latest to Act On Net Neutrality
Jan 24, 2018
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed an executive order that would enforce new neutrality rules in the state. Similar to an order signed by the governor of Montana, Cuomo’s order would mandate that any internet service provider doing business with the state to adhere to certain principles of net neutrality.
About control, maybe?