As first reported by Dutch tech website TechTastic, a design patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Inc. has recently been approved and made public. The design patent is registered in South Korea on the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS), and is for an electronic game cartridge, with a silver design, but what does this mean? Does this actually mean anything at all for PlayStation fans, or will this just fall into obscurity into the pit of dozens of patents and other IP that are filed by developers but never used? Click on this article link to learn more.
Facebook, the Menlo Park, California-based company, is making news headlines again as news of software that it patented last year finally became public. The patent would allow the tech company to analyze information to create household profiles of their users by making educated guesses about how many people live in the household, what their relationships to each other are, what interests they share, and what electronic devices they use. They would use all kinds of information collected on users, from photos uploaded and tagged in, to status updates, past posts, and relationship histories to compile which users are part of the same household. Click on this article link to learn more.
Gamevice, a California-based video game company, has sued Nintendo. . . again. . . for a patent infringement case regarding the joy-con controllers on Nintendo’s latest super-selling console, the Nintendo Switch. Now, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has decided to investigate Nintendo, after Gamvice’s lawsuit, which among other demands, wants the video game giant to be barred from selling the Nintendo Switch consoles in the United States. Click on this article link to learn more.
Apple is being sued by Korea-based patent firm FirstFace for patent infringement. Samsung is being sued by U.S. based data firm PACid for patent infringement as well. There are talks that both FirstFace and PACid might be patent trolls. Are Apple and Samsung being trolled by patent trolls? Click this article to find out.
Samsung seems to be trademarking a lot of names and patenting a lot of designs recently. What exactly is going on with them? Will we be seeing more Samsung devices in the near future? Click this article to find out.
Apple has patented a stylus that can draw on anything and nothing at all. The pen could theoretically be used to produce text or 3D drawings without writing on a touch sensitive surface. It would only require a wireless tether to a computer or similar device. Read more about it here.
Facebook users should be more aware of what streams down their timeline and information they enter into their profiles. A new patent from the social media giant describes a system that would use data points it collects on the user to predict their socioeconomic status. Data points include education, travel history, the number of devices owned, and homeownership. Read about how it works, here.
RoboCop may be hitting a street near you if Ford has their way. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent by the auto company for an autonomous system with a police car that can either act on its own or alongside a traditional human officer. How would the whole thing work? Read about it here.
Google has agreed to a patent licensing deal with Tencent Holdings Ltd., the Chinese social media and gaming firm. Tencent, which oversees China’s top social media and payments app “WeChat,” also oversees one of the country’s most popular app stores and hosts the country’s biggest gaming and livestream platform. The deal promises to be a lucrative one, especially because Tencent is worth over $500 billion. Read about the deal here.
In what some consider a “malicious and exploitable” method to encourage gamers play and spend more, Electronic Arts (“EA”) has filed a patent dealing with video game matchmaking capability. EA isn’t the only company that has filed this kind of patent; Activision recently patented a similar method. What does this mean for gamers? Read about it here.