Pair of Apple patents are challenged by anonymous party

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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12 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Round 2...

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

2. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

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

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

13. FlushGordon unregistered

UrAnus comes to mind

3. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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.

14. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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?

10. Furbal unregistered

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

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Please STOP THIS B.S PATENT NONSENSE.

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