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Apple’s Challenge to Camera Patent Partially Revived on Appeal

June 23, 2021, 5:51 PM

Apple Inc. convinced the Federal Circuit to revive part of its agency challenge to a camera lens patent owned by Samsung Electronics Co. subsidiary Corephotonics Ltd.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board upheld Corephotonics’ U.S. Patent No. 9,568,712—on a miniature telephoto lens assembly for a smartphone camera—over Apple’s arguments prior inventions made it invalid.

The board’s finding that parts of the patent were nonobvious was based on a mathematical error that “appears to have tainted its analysis,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in a nonprecedential opinion. It sent the case back for the ...

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