Next Shoe Drops in MAD Patent Case
It appears the U.S. Patent &
Trademark Office has rejected all the claims by Mission Abstract Data in its
re-examination of two patents regarding studio digital storage and automation
That’s according to two documents released by
the Patent Office today and which Radio World is reviewing.
Abstract Data has 30 days to respond. That would be Jan. 19.
Even then the case may not be really over, cautions a legal source.
Once the USPTO reviews the response, the government could
either make a final “office action,” in which it finally rejects or allows some
of the claims. Patent reexaminations can go on for quite a while, according to
the source, who notes the appeals process can drag on.
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