Monday, November 24, 2008

Apple accused of infringing US 7,441,196 with iPhone

EMG has filed suit against Apple in ED Texas for allegedly infringing US patent 7,441,196 with the internet navigation system of the iPhone.

MacWorld wrote:

EMG’s, patent, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and given U.S. Patent number 7,441,196, describes an “Apparatus and method of manipulating a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming and scrolling internet content.” The patent was filed on March 13, 2006, and was granted on October 21, 2008.

The “‘196 patent,” as the suit describes it, sports 76 individual claims. One of the claims covers the display of Internet content reformatted from HTML to XML on mobile devices. EMG describes that as “the industry standard currently displayed by the iPhone.” Additional patnet claims include the technology for manipulating a region of the screen for zooming and editing.

In the prosecution of the '196 patent, the applicant overcame obviousness rejections over Kanevsky (US 6,300,947) and Brintzenhofe (US 6,928,610) with assertions that the Examiner misinterpreted the scope and content of the prior art, and thus failed to appreciate the differences between the prior art and the claimed subject matter.

The case was prosecuted by SoCal IP Law Group.

And, yes, there is still a pending application in the family, 12/253,814 filed on 10-17-2008.


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