Anonymous party seeks re-examination of two more Apple patents

Anonymous party seeks re-examination of two more Apple patents
The USPTO has received a request from an anonymous party to re-examine two of Apple's patents. US patent 7,663,607, covering multipoint touch screens, and US patent 7,920,129 involving a "double-sided touch-sensitive panel" are now both up for review. Apple had planned on using both patents against Samsung in last year's high profile patent trial, but dropped them from its final list of claims after judge Lucy Koh requested each side reduce the number of claims to streamline the trial.

Apple's decision to drop the two patents from its case against Samsung not only had to do with Judge Koh's request to cut the number of claims, but also was based on the feelings of the Cupertino based tech firm's legal team that these two patents would be too technical and thus hard to explain to a jury. Since they were removed from the list of claims 'without prejudice', Apple can bring them up again, if it so chooses, in a future case. But Apple has decided not to list them for the next Apple-Samsung patent trial scheduled to begin this coming March.

The anonymous request to re-examine the two patents could eventually culminate in the invalidation of both of them, although that will take time. To give you an idea about how long the whole process takes, consider the infamous rubber banding patent. In the middle of last year, the USPTO started the process of re-examination of that patent and Apple doesn't expect an answer on that piece of Intellectual Property until 2017.

source: electronista



1. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

None of these matters anymore, when Obama can magically make Apple the winner anyway.

3. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Bro politics + money can do anything.

7. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yeah, except a funny thing happens in Washington every day: Politicians keep waiting for Apple lobbying money and campaign contributions, yet they don't show up like they do for Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and other tech companies. Apple doesn't spend much on any of that, and all you need to do is look at the quarterly reports. Google is the biggest tech spender in DC.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

That is also known as having a thumb on the scales of justice.

6. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

after this and 1) after murdering US+EU soldiers by US gov by intentional lie about mass destruction weapons existence in Iraq 2) after NSA revealing + Windows back doors you can not trust a word from US gov or US system in general.... and Obama is just a "not smart" puppet, has even less competence than UK prime minister

8. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

Come on, the America is always right, bro. /s According to politicians. According to movies. According to games. Notice how Americans are always the savior, the Russians/Latinos/Mexicans/Chinese;Asians are always the bad guys in many Hollywood Movies. Notice how you always play as a US force in any FPS games - and other countries are always the bad guys.

12. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

agree....propaganda à la Adolf :)

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

jeeze those patents are making me sick.

11. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

A very unwise statement to make.

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

With President Obama behind them Apple can do anything they want. That's why Samsung just better pay up, because behind Apple, you have a Black Berry.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Weren't the two patents I wanted to be examines but I ties this'll do. And I have a feeling they will use them in the future against _____.

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Wonder if the anonymous request came from big brother trying to do a mild form of damage controlin a clandestine manor.

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