Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 22:39 UTC
Legal "Samsung's got to be pretty happy right about now, after learning that the US Patent and Trademark Office has filed an initial ruling declaring Apple's rubber-banding patent invalid, as reported by FOSS Patents. The news was good enough that Samsung decided to share it with friends, that is, if US Federal Judge Lucy Koh can be considered a friend. According to the ruling, which Florian Mueller says isn't final, all 20 claims of Apple's patent (No. 7,469,381) are now invalid, including one that the iPhone maker had leveraged against Samsung in their recent legal showdown. The office found that Apple's invention was either anticipated by prior art (from Lira and Ording) or, in some cases, simply obvious." One down, 93485763827563856 to go.
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RE[2]: Excellent news
by kwan_e on Wed 24th Oct 2012 01:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Excellent news"
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"I think this is excellent news and not only because of its direct implication. The good part of it is that it might be the beginning of a landslide.

Oh, you youngsters. This was either a PR-move or just a random brainfart, it won't happen again in a long, long time -- there's just too many wheels to grease and pockets to fill, you know.

I would have thought it's because the USPTO is swamped with patent filings that they just grant them and wait for the lawsuit to require a re-evaluation.

It will happen with the next big lawsuit, which this will hopefully scare off for some time.

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