Welcome to this week’s IP Roundup! New patents are being filed all across the world every day while some of the biggest household names are taking each other on in the legal battlefield. We’ve taken the most interesting IP news from around the world to keep you up to date.
Blackberry Takes on Twitter!
After it’s descent as one of the top smartphone companies, Blackberry is pushing to retain some relevance by taking on the big social media networks. In an ongoing case filed last year, Blackberry sued Facebook for patent infringement, and it seems they are now attempting to sue Twitter. The case revolves around 6 IPs related to their software for push notifications, mobile advertising, notification silencing.
Due to similarities between the patents and lawsuits, the case may be bundled with the Facebook lawsuit, and another lawsuit they have against Snap, a tech and camera company known for its popular Snapchat app. Rumors have it that all three cases will be heard together by one California judge.
Sony Hints at Backward Compatibility for the PS5
Sony has filed a patent in Japan that hints, quite clearly, at backward compatibility for the next generation of their Playstation video game console.
The patent, titled “Simulation of legacy bus operation for backward compatibility”, is for a system that will simulate a “bus interface”, which is a communications system for different components inside electronic devices. The patent shows that the system is designed to work with legacy systems, providing the device with the ability to work with software from older gaming consoles.
An inventor listed on the patents is also rumored to be the lead architect for Sony’s next generation console, which is a hint that the patent is specifically for technology that will be used in the Playstation 5. Another patent allowing CPUID impersonation, important for backwards compatibility, was filed last month by Sony.
East Texas Patent Trolls Scare Away Apple
Apple has announced that it will be closing down two of its iconic Apple Stores in East Texas. The move, which will be followed by the opening of a new store nearby, is suspected to be made in order to avoid “Patent Trolls”.
By doing so, Apple is establishing that it has no corporate presence in the East Texas district, a legal district known for patent-friendly judges. This move will prevent patent holders, both legitimate and “trolls”, from suing them in the East Texas district courts.
The move follows a recent lawsuit against Apple by VirnetX, a devastating patent loss for Apple that forced it to change its software and force an update on users. This update even led to a class action suit against Apple. Suffice it to say, Apple is not happy with the East Texas district.
Apple and Samsung Rush to Patent Foldable Phones
In happier news for the hardware giant, Apple has filed a new patent this week for a foldable iPhone.
On the tale of Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy Fold, a smartphone designed to fold in half like a book, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released preliminary drawings of a patent for a foldable iPhone. The patent shows a foldable screen that can take on a variety of shapes, including a tripod.
This isn’t Apple’s first foldable screen patent, with patents having been filed in 2011, 2014, 2016, and 2018. It is yet to be revealed when an actual foldable iPhone would be released.
In the medicine industry, two patents for a new potentially lifesaving form of aspirin have been granted in the United States. The patent, filed by OtiTopic, is for a dry powder version of aspirin that can be inhaled by its user.
Aspirin is often prescribed as a treatment for heart disease, and taken in a pill form. The dry powder aspirin can be inhaled instead, going directly into the lungs where it will act faster. In doing so, damage to the heart can be prevented quicker. This can play a major role in lowering the mortality rate of those suffering from heart attacks.
OtiTopic’s dry powder is already protected by patents in Australia and Tokyo.
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