Shocking Move by USPTO: Apple's 'Rubber-Band' Patent Invalid; Maybe Big for Samsung

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  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

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    Here's a surprising turn of events that we didn't see coming. Apparently, the USPTO office just issued an initial review finding that one of Apple's most important patents in the legal fight against Samsung (and other companies) is invalid. The USPTO found that Apple’s patent (No. 7,469,381), also known as the "rubber-band patent," is invalid. This ruling isn't final and will go through a review process, but if it sticks, this will be a stunning reversal against Apple in many of their cases, including the $1.05 Billion dollar victory against Samsung earlier in the year. Here's a quick quote with a description of the patent,

    To make it clear, this was one of the big patents that Apple used to sue Samsung and was included in all 21 of the "infringing" products. The reason the USPTO found this patent to be invalid was because it referenced prior art or was otherwise simply obvious.

    Samsung has already brought this information to Judge Koh who is reviewing it. There is the potential that she will amend the ruling against Samsung in light of these events. Wow! Finally, logic and reason is starting to come alive in the world.

    Source: TheNextWeb
     
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    That is shocking.

    Shockingly refreshing.
     
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    Who would have guessed that logic will finally be used :eek:
     
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    Oh my....
     
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    "Tebowing" has been patented, by tim tebow

    point of origin
     
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    MissionImprobable Silver Member

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    I say, well played, old chaps.
     
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    Badarse finally the light shines in on this nonsense
     
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    OK.. the us patent office has done something right... now.... review all of the other BS patents and do the same... and do so in a timely manner that doesn't waste more tax dollars..

    Then... reverse all of the BS court rollings....:D

    And is it me, or was the Samsung vs apple judge a judge Judy wanna be?
     
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