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Apple’s Tribunal Wins Against Camera Patents Upheld on Appeal

Oct. 25, 2021, 4:12 PM

The Federal Circuit refused to disturb administrative tribunal decisions invalidating parts of two camera patents that Apple Inc. iPhones were alleged to infringe.

Apple challenged U.S. Patent Nos. 9,402,032 and 9,857,568 at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board after it was sued by Corephotonics Ltd. The board found all the challenged patent claims were invalid because they were anticipated or obvious.

Corephotonics argued, in part, the PTAB didn’t perform the proper analysis of the motivation to combine existing references when considering obviousness. The Federal Circuit affirmed the board’s decisions in nonprecedential opinions, finding they were supported by substantial evidence. ...