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Way back in 2012 a notorious patent troll Surfcast started litigation against Microsoft, claiming the Live Tile interface of Windows Phone and Windows 8 infringed their patent for a “System and Method for Simultaneous Display of Multiple Information Sources.” That patent dates to 2000 and looks a lot more like a Windows 1.0 style grid of windows rather than the…

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We recently came across an interesting Microsoft patent which describes a dual module mobile device. Due to limited screen real estate and small device form, there are lots of limitations on user interaction model on current smartphones. Microsoft is describing a system where there will be two separate mobile display modules and they can be combined together to form a…

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Microsoft has applied for a patent for an external clip-on controller very reminiscent of MOGA’s Bluetooth game controllers. In their abstract they claim: A set of reconfigurable clip-on modules for mobile computing devices includes two or more modules and at least one of the modules has an input button or other control and at least one of the modules can…

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Nokia has been busy looking for features to differentiate their Windows Phones, and the latest to turn up at the patent office is “Using a Symbol Recognition Engine.” The recognition engine would use the touch-sensitive layer of the touch screen, and would recognize gestures which start or end outside of the touch screen. Those gestures can then be used to…

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Nokia has expressed a desire to enter the wearables space after exciting the handset market. They have now been granted a patent for a new control scheme for a head-mounted display, or what they call a near to eye display (NED). They note: Existing control mechanisms may comprise, for example, motion sensors, gaze tracking systems or touch sensors. However, existing…

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Bezels are a necessary evil for large handheld devices as otherwise the supporting hand will cover the displayed content on the screen, and also cause spurious activation. Nokia has been granted a patent for making bezels a touch more useful by making them touch sensitive. They claims: An apparatus, method, and computer program product are described that provide for an…

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Microsoft-Nokia deal has already got most of the approvals in the countries where it is needed. US, EU and India are among them. China is one of the few nations that is yet to approve the deal. According to Global Times, there is a reason behind the delay. Usually, China’s Ministry of Commerce approves such deals after a 30-day first-phase…

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