Apple Gets Appeal Board Win On Phone Call Routing Patent

Law360, New York (August 21, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appellate panel on Wednesday reversed the decision of an examiner who rejected Apple Inc.'s claims to a patent for a method of routing incoming phone calls, finding the claims were not invalid because they were made obvious by prior art.

The USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed with Apple that the examiner had not adequately shown that "a person of ordinary skill in the art" would have understood a similar routing method described in an earlier patent known as...
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