patents

Apple Patent Helps Find Your Car Even When You Can't Get A Signal

A pair of new Apple patents explain how your phone could help you find your car in the parking lot, even if you’re struggling to get a phone signal and aren’t in range of a GPS satellite.


Google Patents A Less Obvious Tech-On-The-Inside Version Of Glass

Google has come up with a way to make Google Glass (a little) more socially acceptable — by tucking the guts inside to hide the obvious parts out of view.


Apple Patented A Mouse That Would Vibrate At Your Touch

Imagine if your mouse was more like a games controller, providing feedback as you navigated your desktop. Well, Apple’s certainly had that idea — and described it in this recently approved patent for a mouse that reacts to your use.


The NSA Patented Tech That Will Catch You Swapping Sim Cards

Now that it’s been over a year since the Snowden leaks, you might’ve thought that all of the insane NSA revelations had been revealed. Not so! Foreign Policy just published a fascinating and exhaustive list of every patent ever awarded to the spy agency. And one of its latest inventions is all about your SIM card.


Looks Like Samsung's Working On A Round Smartwatch Too

What with Android watches,other Android watches, Tizen watches and fitness-tracker watches, Samsung has tried pretty much everything watch-y. But it’s not over yet. Newly found patents make it look like Samsung is also keen on that round style.


Posters Of Famous Patents Put Other People's Great Ideas On Your Wall

The design process is a many splendored thing full of trial and error, prototypes and practice runs. When your genius is ready to make its debut, filing a patent is a bureaucratic way to project your concept from idea-stealers — but it turns out the diagrammatical drawings are artworks in themselves.


iTime: Smartwatch Patent Shows Apple's Broad Ambitions

This morning, the folks over at AppleInsider discovered that Apple was granted a patent today for the iTime, which can only be described as a device-connected smartwatch that offers advanced functionality like arm and wrist gestures, as well as advanced proximity sensing, through a sensor-laden smart strap.


Airbus: Who Needs Real Seats When You Can Straddle Bike Saddles?

Today in Questionable Airbus Patents, it’s not the pilot being displaced; it’s our sweet, precious legroom. And about three-quarters of the seats themselves. We just hope you’re not a fan of personal space, because otherwise — it’s going to be a long flight.


Apple Patent Describes How To Create Seamless All-Glass Devices

Imagine a phone or tablet encased in one solid, seamless, curved slab of glass: hell to repair, but heaven, surely, in the hand. Well, a new patent obtained by Apple describes how it might manufacture such a thing, if it were ever to choose to.


This Man Shouldn't Be The Next US Patent Office Director

Philip Johnson is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. He is also a representative member of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform, the leading trade group opposing patent reform this past year.