USPTO confirms Apple’s patent 381 is invalid

April 2, 2013
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As you may recall, the ground-breaking patent dispute between Samsung and Apple ended with Samsung owing Apple $1.049 billion in damages. That sum was then reduced by Judge Koh to $598 million due to errors by the jury. Now, that sum may be reduced even further.

Back in October, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filed a First Office Action that flat out rejected Apple’s 381 patent. This of course was one of the patents that started this mess. Now, the USPTO has followed up with a Final Office Action that states that Apple has failed to satisfy the USPTO’s concerns. This means that at the very least, Samsung’s fine will be reduced, as the jury found that 21 Samsung devices infringed patent ’381, awarding damages for 18 of them.

This is not final because Apple can very easily appeal the decision to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Regardless, Apple and Samsung are headed back to trial in order to recalculate the mistakes that were made originally. It’s quite possible that the new trial will yield different results all together but for now, Samsung certainly has its head held high.

Comments

  • benjammn

    Wow! That’s great news. I am one to say, screw you Apple. Maybe this could be a turn around for the whole patent lawsuit game. Not sure. I would love to see most of this come to an end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amrin.long Amrin Long

    There must be one guy in that office who has an Android phone.

    • bryan Tanya

      At least that guy would be a smart guy, not just a izombie!

  • patent381

    So you could say they “bounced” this patent

  • MoogleStiltzkin

    just a refresher, but these were the patent breakdowns in the apple vs samsung case

    http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/301948/apple-patent-breakdown-which-samsung-tech-gadgets-infringe

  • RaptorOO7

    While it remains to be seen if the final ruling will invalidate the patent (likely will) it is about time the USPTO finally took a serious look at something that was logical and already existed. Next patent review and denial :)