Invalidity

A Walk Down Memory Lane

It happens to the best of them. In 2007, Steve Jobs wowed us with Apple’s new device, the iPhone. On September 26, 2013, a German Court was wowed by the same video. Mr. Jobs was one of the inventors on European Patent No. EP2059868. Prior to the earliest priority date on which the German Court could rely, Mr. Jobs introduced a claimed feature of the patent -- the rubber banding effect. For instance, in the 37the minute, he showed the rubber banding effect:



Based on this disclosure, the Court invalidated the patent within the German borders. This is a good example of why inventors and patent assignees should be careful about the disclosures they make about important technologies prior to filing for patent applications.





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