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Apple faces patent lawsuit over Watch’s heart rate sensor

Apple Watch's heart rate sensor is built on stolen tech -- that's what a lawsuit filed against the company is claiming, at least. A Michigan-based health startup called Omni MedSci is accusing Cupertino of using technology on the Watch that infringes on four of its patents, all of which reference the use of a light source on a wearable device to take blood measurements. In his lawsuit, Omni founder Dr. Mohammed N. Islam said he met with Apple's medical technology specialist, hardware designer and even VP of product marketing Greg Joswiak several times from 2014 to 2016 to discuss what were then merely patent applications.

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Microsoft vows to let partner companies keep their patents

Microsoft has launched a new policy that means its tech customers will keep hold of any patent rights that come out of its partnerships. In a blog post, Microsoft president Brad Smith explained that the Shared Innovation Initiative is designed to reassure customers that the company won't use the knowledge gleaned from joint ventures to "enter their customer's market and compete against them."

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Samsung patents OTA wireless charging system for phones, tablets

Samsung has patented technology for true wireless charging — that is, charging that doesn’t even require the phone to touch the charging pad. Such technology has been dreamed about for decades, once being a common element in science fiction, soon hopefully to be a reality. Per the patent, Samsung’s system would make it possible to wirelessly charge a mobile device from nearly anywhere in a room, even while the owner uses it.

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