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Apple’s “Steve Jobs Patent” for iPhone Preliminary Becomes Worthless: U.S. Patent Office
According to a recent ruling issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s substantial iPhone patent also well known as ‘the Steve Jobs Patent’ has preliminary become worthless on reassessment by the office.
Notably, the Steve Jobs patent was issued as Patent No. 7,479,949, which was granted to Apple back in Jan. 2009 and was valid for had been granted in January 2009 and included to a number of earlier patent applications dating back to Sep. 2006, the time just before before the launch of original iPhone.
Interestingly, the name of Steve Jobs smiles on the patent as the first inventor and it is the most legendary patent over 300 patents credited to Steve Jobs, most likely.
Some people say that first Office actions are partial because they are based only on submissions made by those challenging the patent, and many examiners like to take a tough position early on in order to enable and require the patentee to present the strongest arguments in favor of validity. But it would be a mistake to underestimate the significance of a first Office action. Also, a complete rejection of all claims of a given patent is potentially more devastating than one affecting only some claims.
The invalidity of the Steve Jobs Patent would cast fatal effects on Apple’s domination in smartphone market because it has damaged many companies on the basis of this patent and still many patent lawsuits are running in various courts around the world against Apple rivals including Samsung and Motorola.
Samsung and Motorola would consider the invalidity of the Steve Jobs Patent as a big favor in their interests as it would substantially weaken Apple’s patent cases against those companies, though it is not the only lethal weapon in Apple’s battery of massive patents to kill its competitors in tech world.
Via: FOSS Patent