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Federal Circuit Mulls Rejection of Google Virtual Reality Patent

May 11, 2020, 9:56 PM

A Federal Circuit panel pressed Alphabet Inc.'s Google about why it thinks its virtual reality technology deserves a patent, during oral argument in Google’s challenge of a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office application rejection.

Google sought a patent for methods for tracking head and eye movements to power a virtual or augmented reality device. An agency examiner found the invention was obvious based on prior eye-tracking systems in a decision upheld by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

The panel asked Google’s attorney, Perkins Coie LLP associate Theresa H. Nguyen, a series of detailed questions about how its invention differs...

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