CLAIMS IN SILVERS PHOTOMOSAIC PATENT RECEIVE FINAL REJECTION BY PATENT OFFICE AFTER PUBPAT REQUEST: Government Finds Vast Majority of Claims of Patent Asserted Against Important Open Source Project InvalidNew York, NY -- February 16, 2010 -- The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has issued a final rejection of the vast majority of claims in a patent relating to photomosaics (large pictures made up of many smaller pictures) assigned to Mr. Robert Silvers, who had been aggressively asserting the patent against many individuals, small businesses, and even against an important open source software program (GIMP).
The government's decision to now make final the rejections it had previously entered against the Silvers Photomosaic patent comes in response to the Public Patent Foundation's ("PUBPAT") formal request to reexamine the patent submitted in November 2008. In that filing, PUBPAT submitted prior art that the Patent Office was not aware of when reviewing the application that led to the patent and described in detail how the prior art invalidates the vast majority of the patent's claims. The Patent Office has now agreed, both provisionally and finally, with PUBPAT that the vast majority of the patent is invalid.
A copy of the U.S. Patent Office's Office Action finally rejecting vast majority of hte claims in the Silvers photomosaic patent can be found at PUBPAT > Silvers Photomosaic Patent.