CLAIMS IN SILVERS PHOTOMOSAIC PATENT REJECTED BY PATENT OFFICE AFTER PUBPAT REQUEST: Government Finds Vast Majority of Claims of Patent Asserted Against Important Open Source Project InvalidNew York, NY -- June 11, 2009 -- The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has issued a 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 rejection of the Silvers Photomosaic patent comes in response to the Public Patent Foundation's ("PUBPAT") formal request to reexamine the patent submitted last November. 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 with PUBPAT that the vast majority of the patent is invalid.
A copy of the U.S. Patent Office's Office Action rejecting the vast majority of the claims in the Silver's photomosaic patent can be found at PUBPAT > Silvers Photomosaic Patent.