David O’Brien, Andrew Ehmke and Hong Shi in Law360: ‘PTAB Mostly Hands Win to Apple, Samsung Over Camera IP’

01/08/2021

Haynes and Boone, LLP was mentioned in a Law360 article about Apple and Samsung scoring a victory in a patent fight involving multi-aperture (e.g., dual lens) camera systems used in the companies’ flagship smartphones products.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) struck down key claims of a patent filed in 1999 and issued in 2003 that described digital cameras using multiple image sensors with multiple lenses in the case of Apple Inc. et al. v. Yu et al., IPR2019-01258.

Apple is represented by Haynes and Boone attorneys David O'Brien, Andrew Ehmke and Hong Shi. The team challenged the patent in June of 2019, and Ms. Shi recently argued the case before a panel of the PTAB. Samsung had filed a joinder petition and was joined as party to the Apple proceeding.

Below is an excerpt:

In a final written decision issued Tuesday, the PTAB found that four of five claims in Yanbin Yu and Zhongxuan Zhang's multi-sensor, multi-lens digital camera patent were invalid for being obvious over a combination of previous inventions.

Specifically, the board found that a 1998 European patent application known as Weldy, which taught a way to produce a digital image, along with other earlier prior art references rendered the four claims obvious.

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