Sony Files a New Patent for ‘Electronic Game Cartridge’

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.

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Just When You Thought Facebook Was Already Collecting Every Possible Thing They Could, Now They Can Deduce Household Compositions

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.

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Why the International Trade Commission is Investigating Nintendo After a Patent Infringement Case

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.

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Are Apple and Samsung Coming Under Fire by Patent Trolls?

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.

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The Machines (Might Be) Coming! Ford Files Patent for Autonomous “Robocop” Car

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.

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Google Expands Into China with Tencent Cross-Licensing Deal

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.

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Samsung Granted Patent on Smartphone with Wraparound Display

Samsung appears to be leading the race in bending smartphone possibilities. The USPTO recently granted the technology giant a patent for a dual-sided smartphone with a wraparound screen. But that’s not all. Another patent, recently discovered by a Dutch blog, has discovered another patent in the works – registered at WIPO on January 4th. Read about it here.

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