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USPTO Rejects Many of Oracle's Android Claims 154

sfcrazy writes "In yet another setback for Oracle, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected 17 of 21 claims associated with one of the patents in Java that Oracle asserted Google had violated with Android. Groklaw reports, 'In the reexamination of U.S. Patent 6192476 the USPTO has issued an office action in which it rejects 17 of the patent's 21 claims.'"
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USPTO Rejects Many of Oracle's Android Claims

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  • Liability (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Waffle Iron ( 339739 ) on Thursday June 23, 2011 @10:50AM (#36541460)

    It looks like costly mistakes were made by the USPTO. In a fair world, the original patent examiners should be held personally liable for all of Google's legal fees in this matter. That lesson would most likely make them take a little more care to properly evaluate the next bogus patent application that crosses their desks, before millions of dollars of unnecessary costs are created.

  • Re:Liability (Score:5, Interesting)

    by angel'o'sphere ( 80593 ) on Thursday June 23, 2011 @10:55AM (#36541538) Journal

    If patent examiners would be "liable" then you can as well ask that judges should be ...

    What I mean is: if people working for any government agency would be liable (and not the agency or the government) then all those agencies would come to a grinding halt.

    Or even more likely no one would want to work for them ...

  • Google FUD (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, 2011 @11:01AM (#36541620)

    Alternatively, you could say, "USPTO accepts 9 of 14 claims on one patent in the case." Why is this article looking at a single patent and not all? Smells like FUD.

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