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Apple patents “invalid”

As reported in the Simply-docs blog entry of 28th August 2012, a high-value intellectual property trial between Apple and Samsung resulted in an American jury deciding that several Samsung devices had infringed Apple’s software and design patents, with a consequent court ruling that the South Korean manufacturer pay the US tech giant $1.05 billion in damages.

But the US Patent and Trademark Office has now given a preliminary ruling to the effect that 20 Apple patents relating to scroll technology “lack novelty” and are therefore potentially invalid. Samsung has submitted the preliminary ruling to judge Lucy Koh, who is considering appeals against the judgment from the original trial.

Designs form an important part of the intellectual property portfolios of many businesses, particularly those engaged in inventive or creative pursuits. This downloadable template Registered Design Assignment agreement provides for the transfer of registered design ownership.

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