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Google Buys Foxconn Patents For Head-Mounted Tech 38

Posted by timothy
from the windows-on-the-world dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Google has snapped up a parcel of patents from Hon Hai Precision Industry, the Taiwanese electronic manufacturer more commonly known as Foxconn, in a move seemingly designed to bolster its Glass headsets against potential competitors. In a statement obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Hon Hai described the patents sold to the Chocolate Factory as 'Head Mounted Technology' that can create virtual images 'superimposed on a real-world view.'"
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Google Buys Foxconn Patents For Head-Mounted Tech

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  • by Chrisq (894406) on Saturday August 24, 2013 @07:02AM (#44662955)
    isn't there prior art in head-up displays used by airforce pilots for decades?
  • by AmiMoJo (196126) * <mojo @ w orld3.net> on Saturday August 24, 2013 @07:07AM (#44662965) Homepage

    Google generally doesn't use it patents for attacking other companies, only for defence. It seems more likely that they are just making sure some troll doesn't sue them later on when they claim to have invented Glass in the mid 90s or something.

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      by Anonymous Coward

      Google generally doesn't use it patents for attacking other companies, only for defence.

      "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

    • by Shavano (2541114)
      It's also possible that they actually intend to use the technology they're buying and think buying the patent will be more efficient for them than licensing.
    • by houghi (78078)

      Sure and management will never change.

      Furthermore, the problem with this type of defense is that even if they are infringing on your patent, you can not do anything about it, because they will bury you.
      This makes them untouchable.

      If it is only so others can't sue them, why don't they release it to the public? That way you they can still use it at defense.

      • by Shompol (1690084)

        why don't they release it to the public? That way you they can still use it at defense.

        In what way? They cannot use something that belongs to public to counter-sue anybody.

    • by Lumpy (12016)

      Glass is a HMD or Head Mounted Display.
      Heads up displays are completely different in every single way. It's like comparing an Fresh Orange to a Bugatti Veyron.

  • If they're a contract manufacturer, how'd they get the patents in the first place? Do they actually do their own R&D?

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  • "superimposed on a real-world view."

    Isn't that nothing more then adding a layer which is already patented? ya i know its not just as simple as that to get it done but a layer is a layer wither its dont for cartooning/animating to super imposing. Seems to me this might have prior art somewhere.

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