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Apple Wins Highly Relevant Lawsuit Against Samsung To Stop Sale Of Four-Year-Old Smartphone In The US

Apple’s team of well-paid lawyers really showed Samsung’s team of highly-paid lawyers who’s boss, thanks to a recent court order banning the sale of Samsung’s leading flagship phones from 2012.


Ford Wants To Turn Your Car's Back Wheel Into A Batpod

A patent filed by Ford a few weeks ago reveals a rather unorthodox alternative to throwing a bicycle in your boot. Like the Batpod that ejected from the Batmobile in The Dark Knight, the back wheel of your car could quickly transform into a self-balancing electric unicycle.


Does Anybody Understand The Growing Obsession With Smart Rings?

As soon as powerful processors were tiny enough to pack into your pocket, companies big and small have been hunting for other ways they can strap tech onto our bodies. Fitness trackers and smartwatches were only the beginning, and if the last few months worth of patents divine wearables’ near future, smart rings are next.


This 1882 US Patent For A 50-Calibre Mousetrap Is Probably Overkill

Ralph Waldo Emerson once advised, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” The world would have been in for a bit of a shock if they’d found themselves at the door of one J.E. Bennett of Fredonia, Texas in 1882. That’s the year he patented the mousetrap pictured above.


Airbus Crazy Patent Watch: Detachable Cabins Edition

Airbus’s notable patents from the last few years reads like a list of failed aerospace Kickstarters: standing-room-only aircraft, bicycle saddles instead of real seats, or VR headsets to escape the awful reality of coach. Is it possible to go more ambitious? Airbus’s R&D department says yes.


Apple Found Guilty Of Using University Of Wisconsin Patent In Its Chips

Apple has been found guilty of using a technology, patented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison way back in 1998, in its chips without the proper permission — and it could cost it close $US1 billion.


7 Patents That NASA Is Freeing Up For Small Companies

NASA has a mandate to push the technologies it develops for space out into Earth, too. So over the last few years, the agency has made more than a thousand patents available for licensing — from inflatable dwellings to humanoid robots.


The Patent Trolls Strike Again!

Briefly: The patent trolls strike again! Minero Digital LLC, a shell company with ties to the patent-holding giant Intellectual Ventures, is taking Wal-Mart, Best Buy and two dozen other companies to court over USB hubs. Minero demands the companies pay royalties on said hubs, based on a patent it acquired from IV in April, 2015.


The Early PDA That Major Technology Companies Passed On In The 1970s

It’s always interesting to discover the missed opportunities that could have changed the course of tech history and here’s a doozy: In the late 1970s, it seems that major companies like HP and Apple passed on an early PDA long before they created their own.


Boeing Wants To Harvest Electricity From The Roar Of Your Plane Taking Off 

Jet engines are extraordinarily loud at roughly 140 decibels — and airports have struggled with mitigating their roar since the early days of commercial flight. An engineer at Boeing wants to make the cacophony more useful, if not silence it for good.


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