This new Microsoft design patent is unlikely to be the Surface phone

Patently Apple goes a bit heavy with the speculation especially since their earlier find from February shared some resemblance of what was eventually Surface Studio. I call that luck as most patent filings rarely become actual products. Back to this patent, no information about the features, hardware, or materials used are mentioned making the filing pretty basic.

Oddly, the Patently Apple author goes on a tangent about pens, Apple, Samsung, and how Microsoft could be bringing inking to Mobile (a forgone conclusion already). They then cite FIG. 7 with the following conclusion labeled in their image:

However, what we can clearly see is that a Surface smartphone is likely to support their Surface Pen. Like the Samsung Note-styled embodiment, a slot has been designed into the body of the design at the top.

Of course, to our eyes, it only looks like a standard 3.5mm headphone jack like the kind you used to find on every smartphone in the world. I’m not sure when we started confusing headphone jacks with pen slots. 2016 is a weird year, and I suppose Apple fans have already moved on from ‘headphone-gate’ by forgetting it ever existed? I dunno.

The bottom of the phone has a single port, which again looks like an old micro USB slot and not quite the symmetrical USB Type C design we are accustomed too.

Frankly folks, I don’t see anything interesting here. This design patent is a generic filing on what could easily be the Lumia 640. In fact, the patent cites Micromax, Sony Xperia, LG Optimus, Lumia 830, and the Lumia 530 – all phones from 2012-2014 – under ‘other publications’ for the patent’s references.

Microsoft has some exciting stuff in the pipeline for sure, but please don’t go spreading this around as ‘proof’ of a ‘Surface Phone.’ Facts and data are still necessary, not a generic drawing based on yesteryear’s inspiration.



[Source:- windowscentral]

Microsoft Windows 10 patent looks to improve Wi-Fi tethering

If you frequently use Wi-Fi tethering with your Windows Phone to get an internet connection on your latop or Surface, Microsoft’s latest patent might allow you to be able to do it for longer without burning through your battery.

A patent named “Power Saving Wi-Fi Tethering” was spotted by the British news siteExpress. It describes an intelligent software that analyzes and predicts your usage patterns and how often you need an internet connection on your tethered device. When the software’s analysis concludes that you don’t need a tethered connection it will signal to your Windows Phone that it is time to not work so hard and take a break. But if you go back to needing a Wi-Fi connection, the software will theoretically wake your phone back up to seamlessly provide a connection.

Windows-10-Mobile-Hotspot-Data-Tether-Smartphone-to-Your-Laptop-Battery-Life-Terrible-Tether-4G-Data-to-Laptop-Windows-10-Annive-510636-535x630 Microsoft Windows 10 patent looks to improve Wi-Fi tethering

Patent for Power Saving Wi-Fi Tethering

The benefit of this patented technology is your phone is not always on and burning through its battery to be a constant hotspot while you work on the go. And while Power Saving Wi-Fi Tethering is just a patent, and has to accordingly be taken with a grain of salt, the seamless handoff is in line with other recently announced Windows 10 features.

This patent’s optimizing of data and battery usage between devices sounds very familiar to other hand-off like features expected with the Windows 10 Anniversary update. But unlike features such as Android notifications and texts coming to your Windows 10 PC, this feature could most likely only work with a Windows Phone since putting the device to sleep or changing Wi-Fi settings would require deeper OS integration between the two devices.

Maybe we will hear more about this and other hand-off like features between Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 as the Anniversary Update approaches, or still even possibly this new patent is being reserved for future Surface Phones. Unfortunately for us, tech companies file patents all the time that never see the light of day commercially, so we might have to wait some time to know more.


[Source:- Winbeta]

Apple Loses Video Over IP Patent Scuffle in Germany


A German court on Wednesday determined that Apple had infringed a patent owned by the Kudelski Group’s OpenTV division.

Apple products sold in Germany can’t use streaming technology that infringes OpenTV’s patents, the court reportedly ruled.

The suit was brought in 2014 in Düsseldorf District Court over three patents held by OpenTV and its sister company, Nagra. The plaintiffs alleged that Apple products and services — including iOS devices, Apple TV and the App Store — had infringed their video streaming patents.

OpenTV filed a similar complaint last year in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Video Over IP Patent Infringement

At the heart of the case is OpenTV’s intellectual property that allows the streaming of video over IP. OpenTV has claimed that Apple illegally used content streaming technology covered by five patents that date back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. Those patents specifically apply to digital video, broadcast and satellite transmissions.

The Kudelski Group has not taken aim solely at Apple. It has filed lawsuits against Netflix in Europe and the United States. The parties last year agreed to a settlement under which Netflix would be integrated into Kudelski’s pay-TV set top boxes.

“There is a precedent from that perspective,” said Roger Entner, principal analyst at Recon Analytics.

“With that in mind, it is clear that Apple will now have two choices: They can appeal or they will settle,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

“Usually this kind of action results in one, a settlement or cross-licensing agreement of some sort for Apple to access the patents; two, an extended patent challenge in a couple of high-value regions, such as the U.S. and the EU; or three, technology innovation to work around the patents and perhaps find a more elegant solution in the process,” said Paul Teich, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

“Sometimes it’s a combination, such as paying for option two while deploying option three,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “It depends on whether they are prohibited from shipping infringing products while negotiations and challenges are taking place.”

To Appeal or Not

This week’s ruling in Germany could be the beginning of a long and drawn-out battle over the intellectual property.

“It’s unclear whether Apple might appeal the judges’ decision or request a stay to have more time to review the situation or pursue a settlement with Kudelski,” said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

“Without a settlement or a favorable ruling from a higher court, Apple products — including iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple TV devices — could all be affected, either by being removed from the market or having core video streaming functions disabled,” King told the E-Commerce Times.

Patently Well-Founded

Tracking the chain of custody of the infringed patents — as well as the companies that have licensed the technology behind the patents — also could be a consideration.

“The patent the panel considered in its ruling was granted in 1997 to ACTV, which was later acquired by OpenTV, which was acquired by Kudelski in 2010,” King noted.

“Since then, the company has successfully pursued and resolved patent licensing agreements with Google, Cisco and Netflix. Besides Apple, Kudelski is also pursuing similar litigation against Verizon,” he added.

“Given the nature of the panel’s ruling which found Kudelski’s claim ‘predominantly valid and well-founded,’ Apple might be best served by agreeing to a patent license,” King suggested.

Beyond Borders

The case could be one to watch, especially as it may not be confined to Germany.

“Kudelski has already filed a similar complaint against Apple in the U.S. Given the history of IP cooperation between the two countries, the ruling in Dusseldorf could strengthen Kudelski’s suit in the U.S.,” King said.

However, the ruling might not go the same way across the Pond.

“It can spread across borders; however, more recently we have seen cases that go in favor of the plaintiff in one country or region and in favor of the defendant in another,” said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

“Also note that these cases typically drag on for years because of appeals; as a result, even the German case may still be in its infancy,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “But for now, the only location that could be impacted would be Germany.”

Then again, it could be resolved quickly with a settlement.

“Apple would have to pay to use Kudelski’s patented technology,” said Recon Analytics’ Entner. “It would be a small amount for Apple but a much more significant amount for OpenTV.”


[Source:- Technewsworld]