Microsoft Loses Bid For AIA Review Of Web Conference Patent

By Ryan Davis (September 29, 2014, 5:34 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board refused Monday to review under the America Invents Act a patent covering video conference encryption technology that has been asserted against Microsoft Corp.'s Skype and Apple Inc.'s FaceTime, ruling that Microsoft had failed to show the patent was likely invalid.

The board denied Microsoft's inter partes review petition, which alleged that the patent owned by patent assertion entity Secure Web Conference Corp. was anticipated or obvious in view of several earlier patents. The board held that the prior art references cited by Microsoft did not contain some of the features included in Secure Web's patent and...

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