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Finally some patent sanity re. Apple
kos
Germany
2413 posts
Good to see some sense prevailing with all the generic, obvious patents Apple continuously applies for:

A key patent that Apple successfully used against Samsung in its multibillion-dollar courtroom brawl earlier this year is at risk following a re-examination by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
All 21 claims of U.S. patent No. 7,844,915 -- also known as the "pinch to zoom" patent -- were rejected by the Patent Office today, following a re-examination.
The decision comes weeks after the Patent Office tentatively invalidated another Apple software patent covering the rubber-banding effect found on iOS. Like the pinch-to-zoom patent, it too was used successfully against Samsung as part of the same lawsuit. Unrelated, but more recent, was another Apple patent covering touch-screen technology, which was deemed invalid by the Patent Office.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57560112-37/key-apple-patent-used-against-samsung-under-fire/

It makes me wonder why these patents aren't properly screened before they are granted instead of after they're used in litigation and someone actively points out their invalidity.

Hopefully this kind of thing starts happening a lot more, especially to patent trolls like Uniloc, the company that sued the Minecraft and X-Plane developers for the stupidly obvious patent to “require communication with a server to perform a license check to prevent the unauthorized use of said application.”
09:04pm 21/12/12 Permalink
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groganus
Brisbane, Queensland
2454 posts
Was your question rhetorical ?
09:06pm 21/12/12 Permalink
kos
Germany
2414 posts
Well, if you have an answer, by all means share it!
09:15pm 21/12/12 Permalink
Bah
Brisbane, Queensland
4852 posts
09:23pm 21/12/12 Permalink
kos
Germany
2415 posts
That is a great article that certainly explains some things, but really only recent activity, it's not like terrible patents being approved is something that's only happened in the last couple of years (sad to see that it's getting worse instead of better though).

It seems like a major problem is that the Patent Office rarely understands the subject matter it's granting patents on.
09:31pm 21/12/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3704 posts
Because there is a finite amount of patent laywers and an infinite amount of possible patents. And if all the patent lawyers in America worked 24/7 on mobile phone/tablet patents being submitted in a year in that country it would take 7,000 years to look at each patent for an hour, give or take a few years. Something along those lines. Need more patent lawyers? Need more lawyers? Oh dear, there is no cake.
11:18pm 21/12/12 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
5642 posts
It's a f***ed up system they have going at the moment. I'm not sure how the patent office with a limited number of patent lawyers can be experts in every single field. They should probably learn from the science publishing industry and take on board some of their ways. i.e experts within the field are asked for their opinion and then the editor makes the decision to publish or not. except pay the reviewers.
11:01am 22/12/12 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11786 posts

It makes me wonder why these patents aren't properly screened before they are granted instead of after they're used in litigation and someone actively points out their invalidity.
Hmmm, let me think about that...oh wait the patent office gets a bunch of money for it. That's probably why. There's lots of patents for perpetual motion machines, they'll give anyone one of those because they know it will never happen. But it's money in the bank so why not.
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mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3708 posts
You kind of live on a perpetual motion machine!
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Jim
UK
13144 posts
yellow submarines aren't perpetual
11:51pm 22/12/12 Permalink
koopz
Brisbane, Queensland
9804 posts
It seems like a major problem is that the Patent Office rarely understands the subject matter it's granting patents on.



do you think?
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f**les
Brisbane, Queensland
6073 posts
haha
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