Reexamination Requests Filed Against Two Apple iPhone Design Patents

Scott Daniels | June 4, 2013

Ex parte reexamintion requests were filed Friday against Apple’s D618,677 and D618,678.

The ‘677 patent was one of the Apple patents in its successful case last year against Samsung in the Northern District of California.  And ALJ Pender at the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that Samsugn infringes the ‘678 patent, a determination now before the Commission for review.

It is not yet clear from the PTO files who filed the requests, and in fact, ex parte reexamination might have been chosen to avoid disclosure of the filer’s identity.  Inter partes review is normally the weapon of choice for companies like Samsung.

Drawings from the two patents are shown below.

The ‘677 Patent

apple iphone (1)

The ‘678 Patent

apple iphone (2)

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