USPTO Rejects Multiple Claims of Apple's Autocomplete Patent, Could Reduce Damages Owed By Samsung

USPTO Rejects Multiple Claims of Apple's Autocomplete Patent, Could Reduce Damages Owed By Samsung

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected multiple claims of Apple's '172 autocomplete patent, including claim 18 which was asserted against Samsung in the second California trial, reports FOSS Patents.

Judge Koh had ruled on summary judgment (i.e., ahead of the spring trial) that Samsung infringed it -- but infringement of an invalid patent doesn't matter, and only because the jury was grossly misled about the validity of issued patents in general and Apple's patents-in-suit in particular doesn't mean that Judge Koh couldn't still agree with Samsung's post-trial motion and hold claim 18 of the '172 patent invalid. The legal standard is stricter in the infringement case (especially now at the JMOL stage) than in reexamination, where clear and convincing evidence is sufficient to reject a patent claim, but it looks awkward that Judge Koh held Samsung to infringe a patent claim that the USPTO probably wouldn't have granted if it had been aware of all of the relevant prior art.

Samsung has filed a document with the court to draw Judge Koh's attention to the decision.

"This Office Action is relevant to Samsung’s invalidity defenses for the ’172 patent, as described in Samsung’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law (Dkt. 1896-3, Section III) because the USPTO concluded that the prior art identified in the Office Action is the same or in the same family as the prior art asserted by Samsung in this case."

This could result in Apple's $119 million verdict being reduced further or delayed if Apple decides to exhaust all appeals.

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USPTO Rejects Multiple Claims of Apple's Autocomplete Patent, Could Reduce Damages Owed By Samsung
Nuck Chorris - August 8, 2014 at 3:43pm
Another one of apple's bullshit patents gets rejected.
Luce Bree - August 8, 2014 at 3:50pm
Another joke by a denfensing samshit fanboy. No matter how much is reduced, they still get owned like every other times.
Verge Jiner - August 8, 2014 at 4:06pm
Another moron replying because they are butt hurt about any negative comments towards Apple. Same loser as always. Probably reply back with the name Penis...predictable idiot. Haha
John Smith - August 9, 2014 at 2:36am
Another dickhead sucking iCrapple iDick so deep
Scrawn Myth - August 9, 2014 at 2:38am
Another sHit sucking samshit's junk spewer from androids orifice. Where else does he find the dump from this trash can? HARHARHAR
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