Fed. Circ. Backs Google, Reverses PTAB Win For Philips

By Hannah Albarazi (January 6, 2020, 4:33 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit reversed a 2018 Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision upholding a Philips patent for creating special characters on a mobile device keypad, ruling Monday that Google had shown that the patent was invalid as obvious.

The appeals court wrote in a 12-page nonprecedential opinion that only one step of Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV's patent — which concerns mobile device keypads that provide both primary and secondary characters such as accents and currency symbols — differed from the prior art Google LLC identified.

"We conclude, on the record of this case, that the Philips invention would have been obvious in...

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