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Patent that Apple used in recent trial against Samsung found to be invalid

Samsung has informed Judge Lucy Koh that the USPTO has deemed an Apple patent invalid.
August 8, 2014

Recently, Apple and Samsung agreed to stop all patent battles between each other with patents outside of the U.S.

“Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in US courts.” –

Now, Samsung has filed paperwork to inform Judge Lucy Koh that the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has deemed an Apple patent invalid. Unfortuately for Apple, this patent was used in the latest Apple/Samsung trial and Samsung was found to have infringed on the now invalid patent.

Specifically, U.S. Patent No. 8,074,172 deals with predictive text input and was rejected by the USPTO as prior art.

Judge Koh had ruled on summary judgment 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 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.” – FOSSPatents

This decision most likely will result in the $119 million verdict in Apple’s favor being reduced at the very least.