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  • IBM cements 20 years of patent dominance

    IBM earned 6,478 utility patents last year, topping the list of patent winners for the 20th year in a row, according to data from IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. With its record haul, Big Blue bested its 2011 patent tally by 5%.

  • Panasonic shows off 20-inch tablet with 4K screen

    Panasonic on Tuesday showed off a 20-inch tablet with a 4K screen that can display images at a resolution of 3840-by-2160 pixels and is designed to improve multimedia tasks such as photo editing.

  • Panasonic shows world's first 4K OLED TV

    Raising the bar for image quality on television sets, Panasonic unveiled a 56-inch OLED TV that shows images at 4K resolution, four times the overall resolution of current 1080p high-definition TVs.

  • Computer technology tops list of worldwide patent applications

    Computer technology accounted for more patent applications in recent years than any other industry sector tracked by the World Intellectual Property Organization, although the number of digital communication patent applications grew faster. Industrial design registrations are also growing -- and while Apple aggressively asserts its design rights in courtrooms, it does not file the most applications for such rights.

  • EU fines CRT makers €1.47 billion for price-fixing

    Seven international electronics manufacturers were fined a total of €1.47 billion by the European Commission on Wednesday for conspiring to fix the price cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) in two separate cartels between 1996 and 2006.

  • Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, others launch HD content security initiative

    Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, and SanDisk <a href="http://nextgenerationsecurememory.com/index.php/press-releases/panasonic-samsung-sandisk-sony-and-toshiba-join-forces-to-collaborate-on-next-generation-secure-memory-solution/">Monday announced plans</a> to jointly develop better security for memory cards, embedded memory and other flash storage devices.

  • HP, Dell overtake Nokia in updated Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics

    While some consumer electronics manufacturers have cleaned up their act, making more energy-efficient gadgets with fewer toxic materials, others are continuing to make fine promises but no changes, according to Greenpeace. In response, the environmental pressure group is changing the way it scores companies in its <a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/rankingguide">Guide to Greener Electronics</a>, placing more emphasis on their actions than their words, and measuring new aspects of their operations.

  • Report: DoCoMo, Samsung to form mobile chip venture

    NTT DoCoMo will partner with several Japanese hardware makers and Korean manufacturer Samsung Electronics to develop core chips for use in future smartphones, Japan's biggest business newspaper reported Monday.