Add Aluratek and Coby Electronics to the list of Android and Chrome OS tablet/PC makers who are paying MIcrosoft patent royalties.
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Ministry of Economic Affairs warns manufacturers to avoid designing ultrabooks looking like Apple's MacBook Air devices amid country's efforts to sidestep patent disputes, reports note.
It's just over a week since the Windows 8 Release Preview hit the download streams, and it's certainly been an interesting week for the Wintel ecosystem, with a whole raft of new form factors and devices announced at this year's Computex. Ultrabooks look here to stay (even if Apple has taken a patent out on the thin wedge form factor they all seem to be using), and this year's new trend is the hybrid PC/tablet.
Just days after announcing that General Dynamics was paying Microsoft undisclosed patent royalties to cover Android-based devices, Microsoft announced a similar deal with custom-PC vendor Velocity Micro Inc.
Here's an interesting patent application by Microsoft for a PC that incorporates fast-boot, multi-boot system controlled by a hypervisor virtual machine manager.
January 11 is/was the day by which Microsoft was required to stop selling versions of Office or components of it that included the Custom XML technology, as a result of a patent-infringement ruling against the company. Given that Microsoft released to PC makers a patch designed to remove the infringing technology at the end of last year, it looked like the Softies were ready to comply with the ruling over a month ago. But now it looks like that wasn't the case....
In lock-step with CEO Steve Ballmer's promise at CES 2009 to bring convergence to the PC, phone and TV, Microsoft has patented a way to replace your PC with a smartphone...or rather, to turn a smartphone into a "fully-fledged" PC with hard drive, mouse, display, and so forth.
A Microsoft patent application details a business model whereby the user gets a free or heavily subsidised PC but is charged for usage time, application and performance
A Microsoft patent application details a business model whereby the user gets a free or heavily subsidized PC but is charged for usage time, application and performance.
Dell and Motion Computing have been sued for patent infringement by a patent troll working alongside a small tablet PC maker.
The PC manufacturer says that Microsoft's patent-infringement claims have not affected sales of its Linux servers.
The PC manufacturer says that Microsoft's patent-infringement claims have not affected sales of its Linux servers
A newly posted Microsoft Patent Application appears to describe technology that would provide automatic downloads to a Zune media player if newly tracks from various artists whose work is already stored on Zune or on a user's PC-based library becomes available.
The tech industry may have been patting itself on the back Friday, after the House passed a patent reform bill, but the measure still faces an uphill battles in the Senate, opponent claim, InfoWorld reports."I would not throw a party just yet," said Bobbie Wilson, director in the litigation department at the Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin PC law firm, based in San Francisco.
In today's podcast:George Ou details the ASUS Eee mini PC and how it relates to the OLPC project.New Google patent looks to improve interactive TV, says Russell Shaw.
Notable headlines:Microsoft, Samsung in patent swap deal. Microsoft aims to reach next billion PC users.
Computer makers agree to $47 million payment, plan to drop PC patent complaints, make cross-licensing deal.
Computer makers claim legal victories on patent infringement lawsuits related to PC and server technology.
Microsoft patent application describes system for determining if a given PC can run a specific game or other piece of software.
Will the company's next PC look like a Christmas tree? A patent filing sheds some light.
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