Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have achieved another significant milestone in their ongoing legal battles against patent assertion entities. The US Patent and Trademark Office recently invalidated two wireless technology patents heldSmart Mobile Technologies LLC, bolstering the defense of the technology giants.
The invalidation of US Patent Nos. 8,824,434 and 9,756,168 was justified due to the demonstrationApple and Samsung that the patents were obvious in light of prior inventions. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board affirmed this in two decisions issued on Monday, marking a significant victory for the two companies.
This latest success brings the total number of wins for Apple and Samsung against Smart Mobile to four, further strengthening their positions in these legal disputes. Additionally, the technology giants currently have challenges pending against ten other patents heldSmart Mobile, signaling their determination to defend themselves against patent infringement claims.
Smart Mobile had previously filed lawsuits against both Apple and Samsung, alleging infringement of their respective patents. In June 2021, Smart Mobile sued Apple for allegedly infringing upon 13 patents, while also suing Samsung for allegedly infringing upon 12 patents. However, with the recent string of victories at the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple and Samsung are effectively dismantling Smart Mobile’s patent claims.
These victories highlight the substantial resources and legal expertise that Apple and Samsung possess in challenging questionable patents. As technology companies continue to innovate and introduce new products, patent disputes are becoming increasingly common. The ability to invalidate weak or obvious patents is crucial in maintaining a fair and competitive marketplace.
Ultimately, this latest development further solidifies Apple and Samsung’s positions as leaders in the technology industry, showcasing their commitment to protecting their innovations from infringement claims.
What patents were invalidatedthe US Patent and Trademark Office?
The US Patent and Trademark Office invalidated two wireless technology patents – US Patent Nos. 8,824,434 and 9,756,168 – heldSmart Mobile Technologies LLC. Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. successfully demonstrated that these patents were obvious due to prior inventions.
How many wins have Apple and Samsung secured against Smart Mobile?
Apple and Samsung have now achieved a total of four wins against Smart Mobile. These victories strengthen their defense in the ongoing legal battles and further enhance their position in challenging questionable patents.
Are there any pending challenges against Smart Mobile’s patents?
Yes, Apple and Samsung currently have challenges pending against ten other patents heldSmart Mobile Technologies LLC. This indicates the determination of the technology giants to protect themselves against patent infringement claims and maintain a fair and competitive marketplace.
Editor: IPR Daily-Horace