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Pair of Apple patents are challenged by anonymous party

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Pair of Apple patents are challenged by anonymous party
The USPTO has received a pair of re-examination requests for two Apple patents from an anonymous party. The patents involved include both the visual voicemail and autocorrect features. Both patents will be in the spotlight as Apple and Samsung square off in the sequel to last year's epic patent battle between the two rivals. That trial is set to begin in the first quarter of next year.

While we don't know for sure, Samsung would be the most likely party to have requested the re-examination. The autocorrect feature was used by Apple when it requested a preliminary injunction against the Samsung GALAXY Nexus handset. During those hearings, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Apple would probably be able to win its case at trial in relation to the autocorrect patent. Samsung has since used a workaround to avoid any further legal problems with the phone.

Any re-examination and subsequent invalidation of the two patents wouldn't occur for some time, well after next year's trial.

source: electronista

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posted on 17 Jun 2013, 17:42

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9905; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Round 2...

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 00:12 1

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Whomever requested the re-exam, will have to divulge their identity. Stay tuned. Stock up on popcorn and beer.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 17:47 3

2. ama3654 (Posts: 293; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)

Apple is not with us, they should be banished to one of them gas giants, I'm thinking Neptune.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:45

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 16293; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I'm thinking earth. Not a gas giant, but they're already here.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 02:22 1

13. FlushGordon (unregistered)

UrAnus comes to mind

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:09 3

3. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

Samsung must tell the Judge that we made the hardwares only any problems on the software patents go to Google. This trial must be dismiss.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 01:13

14. iushnt (Posts: 1022; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

that's what!!Its a nexus means softwares are all google's..I suppose samsung doesn't use touchwiz on nexus

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:38 1

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4201; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Why would Apple sue Samsung for a software patent against the Galaxy Nexus? Samsung had nothing to do with the software, that was all Google.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:44

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 16293; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Agreed, but all this stupid red tape is what allows this crap.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:47

7. lyndon420 (Posts: 3038; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

It's hard for them to go after Google for lost royalties because Google gives Android away to the OEM's. Would also depend on the skin Samsung uses. Not sure if stock Android has bounce-back built in or not, but Sammy could have added that function.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:58 1

9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4201; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

But they went after the Galaxy Nexus. Samsung didn't modify the software at all, the software was all Google's work due to it being a Nexus, all Samsung did was supply the hardware.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:48

8. pwnarena (Posts: 1050; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

how could an anonymous party challenge a patent? won't the patent registration office know? do they entertain anonymous people filing patent challenges in their office? or the reporter just got tired looking into the details?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 19:39 3

10. Furbal (Posts: 617; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

how were they awarded an autocorrect patent in the first place....

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 20:12 4

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


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