Most Image Patent Claims Challenged By Apple Survive PTAB

By Kelly Knaub (May 9, 2016, 9:56 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board found Friday that Apple and ZTE showed that three claims of an e-Watch Inc. patent on digital image technology were invalid as obvious over prior art, but failed to show that eight other claims were unpatentable.

In a 58-page decision in an America Invents Act review, the board found that tech giant Apple Inc. and Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp. proved that claims 12–14 of e-Watch's U.S. Patent No. 7,365,871 B2 were invalid as obvious over prior art but failed to prove that claims 1–8 were unpatentable on any ground.

The '871 patent covers "image...

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