Patent Office
Shadow-banning is a process that dates back to at least the 1980s, with Citadel BBS's "twit bit," which would allow users to post replies to forums that they could see, but no one else could see. That hasn't stopped Facebook from claiming to have invented shadow banning in is application for United States Patent 10356024, "Moderating content in an online forum," which claims that...

LG Punch Hole Display
While other manufacturers have adopted the slider or pop-up selfie camera or even punch-hole design, LG has stuck to notches and slimmer bezels for its phones. That may be changing soon as the Korean electronics company has patented a design for a phone with a punch-hole display. According to LetsGoDigital, LG Display was granted a patent for a display with a pill-shaped...

Artificial Intelligence
A University of Surrey-based team have filed the first patent applications for inventions created by a machine. Applications were made to the US, EU and UK patent offices; they are for a machine using artificial intelligence as the inventor of two ideas for a beverage container and a flashing light. Media's attention toward this move resonates with last year's prediction by Baker McKenzie that...

Oppo Mobile
OPPO recently signed a patent transfer agreement with Intel involving the transfer of 58 patents in areas related to cellular mobile communications technology. Additionally, OPPO has purchased rights to over 500 patents from Ericsson, covering countries and regions including the US, Europe, China and India. Securing communications patents from Intel and Ericsson will serve to bolster OPPO’s...

Huawei Latest Trademark
Marketing the Huawei P10’s successor as the P11 seemed like the most logical step when it came to the phone’s release in early 2018. But in a bid to avoid clunky names such as P14 and P17 in the future, Huawei skipped these numbers and went straight to P20 The brand’s latest flagship smartphones are marketed as part of the P30 series which essentially means that its current...