USPTO: Apple's '949 patent, aka the "Steve Jobs patent", is invalid
posted by Alan F. / Dec 07, 2012, 4:46 PM
The '949 patent was going to be used by Apple against Motorola except that the judge found part of the patent invalid and said that the minor infringement that Motorola could be found guilty of would not warrant injunctive relief. Even though that trial was canceled, Judge Richard Posner banned the use of the name "Steve Jobs patent" when referring to '949 before tossing the case.
The two rulings against Apple are both preliminary and are not final as Apple can appeal the decisions. Still, this news can only be good for those who have found themselves staring at Apple's legal team on the other side of the courtroom. In fact, considering Judge Lucy Koh's apparent disdain for how Hogan's Heroes computed the $1.05 billion it awarded to Apple, we wouldn't be surprised to see the size of the jury award lowered significantly. Apple had 20 claims on each patent, all 40 of which are now ruled invalid by the USPTO.
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Good news! And I think that USPTO should review all Apple patents, I'm pretty sure that they would find even more invalid patents.
posted on Dec 07, 2012, 6:58 PM 28
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iTotally disagree!! How is Apple supposed to innovate if all of their patents from stolen ideas are found invalid. I'm looking at the bigger picture of iPhone 15VD and, quite honestly, it would be nice to have Multi Window functionality on a Super Retina 4.2" screen; or, it would be super cool to be able to edit photos with special messages in iNotes; and, I'm really looking forward to being able to FaceTime over 4GS LTE. None of this will be possible if all of their patents are iNvaliDated. Besides, what I don't understand is why haven't they iNvaliDated the black turtle-neck??
posted on Dec 07, 2012, 8:13 PM 17
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Well now it just seems that Apple will have to do real work just like the rest of us honest folks to earn their money. It just looks like if they want to sustain themselves they will have to just start innovating...and this time for real in tech and not lawsuits :)
posted on Dec 07, 2012, 8:56 PM 7
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The answer is simple. They don't. Folks like yourself simply rationalize it that way because you can't accept the truth - that Apple stopped innovating after the first iPhone, and the competition has passed them like they're standing still.
posted on Dec 08, 2012, 12:38 PM 1
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As this patent and the bounce back patent weren't dumb enough, its time to invalidate slide to unlock and these ridiculous design patents. If the USPTO would stop issuing every single patent apple files for half if not most of these lawsuits and hunded of wasted man hours could be avoided. Long live the bot!!
posted on Dec 07, 2012, 4:53 PM 27
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Apple may not see even $300 million, given this invalidity. The trial verdict may end up a Pyrrhic victory.
posted on Dec 07, 2012, 4:56 PM 22
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Also.... The Apple-HTC settlement may be of no further effect. Too much redaction of the publicly available copy to tell, but.... If so, HTC may be better served to breach the agreement and just move on. I wonder if HTC is considering asking Apple for a refund?
posted on Dec 08, 2012, 12:17 AM 3
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rectangle patent should be next
posted on Dec 07, 2012, 4:56 PM 29
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Ha! This is some news! Glad to see the USPTO is stepping up and invalidating bogus patents.
posted on Dec 07, 2012, 4:59 PM 17
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And it should have been invalid. I mean cmon.....Apple didnt invent it or innovate it enough to call it their own. That 1 billion settlement certain fans bragged about....some of us said it isnt over yet....lol. I see that amount getting alot smaller.
posted on Dec 07, 2012, 5:03 PM 16
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I suppose a Reality Distortion Field is similar to any other bubble... they're all subject to popping/deflation eventually. I envision some groggy clerks at the USPTO waking up, rubbing their eyes, looking down at their paperwork and thinking to themselves, "Ohh, what did I do last night? Hey... Hey who stamped this? I did?! The frig was I thinkin'?!"
posted on Dec 07, 2012, 5:29 PM 8
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