PATENT OFFICE GRANTS PUBPAT REQUEST TO REEXAMINE WIDELY ASSERTED PHOTOMOSAIC PATENT: Government Finds 'Substantial Questions' Regarding Validity of Patent Asserted Against Important Open Source ProjectNew York, NY -- November 20, 2008 -- The Public Patent Foundation ("PUBPAT") announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted its formal request to review a patent relating to photomosaics (large pictures made up of many smaller pictures) assigned to Mr. Robert Silvers, who has been aggressively asserting the patent against many individuals, small businesses, and even against an important open source software program (GIMP).
In its filing, PUBPAT submitted prior art that the Patent Office was not aware of when reviewing the application that led to the issuance of the patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,137,498), described in detail how the prior art invalidates the vast majority of the claims of the patent and asked that those claims of the patent be revoked. Having now granted PUBPAT's request to review the patent, the Patent Office will turn to decide whether the it deserves to exist or not.
A copy of the U.S. Patent Office's Order Granting PUBPAT's Request for Reexamination against the Silvers photomosaic patent can be found at PUBPAT > Silvers.