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Oracle v. Google - A Last Minute Present to Google from the USPTO
Friday, December 23 2011 @ 08:05 PM EST

The USPTO has delivered one final (rejection) holiday package to Google, this one at Oracle's expense. On December 20 the USPTO issued a final rejection in the ex parte reexamination of Oracle's U.S. Patent No. 6,192,476. All of the claims of the patent were subject to reexamination, including Claim 14. Claim 14 of the patent was the only claim being asserted by Oracle in this litigation.

In its final rejection the USPTO rejected 17 of the 21 claims of the '476 patent, including all seven of the patent's independent claims. Maybe the number of claims at issue in this litigation will be less than 26 after all.

Oracle still has until February 20, 2012 in which to seek reconsideration or appeal of the final rejection. In the meantime, the picture doesn't look pretty for Oracle.

Here is the final rejection in pdf form: Final Rejection


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Docket

655 - Filed and Effective: 12/23/2011
Statement
Document Text: Joint Update on Re-Examination of 476 Patent by Oracle America, Inc. (Jacobs, Michael) (Filed on 12/23/2011) (Entered: 12/23/2011)


Document

655

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION

ORACLE AMERICA, INC.
Plaintiff,
v.
GOOGLE INC.
Defendant.

Case No. CV 10-03561 WHA (DMR)

JOINT UPDATE ON REEXAMINATION
OF ’476 PATENT

Date: December 21, 2011
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Dept.: Courtroom 9, 19th Floor
Judge: Honorable William H. Alsup

Oracle America, Inc. and Google Inc. jointly submit this update on the PTO’s progress in reexamining the only asserted claim (Claim 14) of the ’476 patent. On December 20, 2011, the PTO issued a final office action rejecting Claim 14 of the ’476 patent. Any response by Oracle seeking reconsideration or appeal of this action is due on February 20, 2012.

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Dated: December 23, 2011

MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP

By: /s/ Michael A. Jacobs

MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP
MICHAEL A. JACOBS (Bar No. 111664)
[email]
KENNETH A. KUWAYTI (Bar No. 145384)
[email]
MARC DAVID PETERS (Bar No. 211725)
[email]
DANIEL P. MUINO (Bar No. 209624)
[email address telephone fax]

BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP
DAVID BOIES (Admitted Pro Hac Vice)
[email address telephone fax]
STEVEN C. HOLTZMAN (Bar No. 144177) [email address telephone fax]

ORACLE CORPORATION
DORIAN DALEY (Bar No. 129049)
[email]
DEBORAH K. MILLER (Bar No. 95527)
[email]
MATTHEW M. SARBORARIA (Bar No. 211600)
[email address telephone fax]

Attorneys for Plaintiff
ORACLE AMERICA, INC.

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Dated: December 23, 2011

KEKER & VAN NEST, LLP

By: /s/Robert A. Van Nest

ROBERT A. VAN NEST (SBN 84065)
[email]
CHRISTA M. ANDERSON (SBN184325)
[email]
DANIEL PURCELL (SBN 191424)
[email address telephone fax]

SCOTT T. WEINGAERTNER (Pro Hac Vice)
[email]
ROBERT F. PERRY
[email]
BRUCE W. BABER (Pro Hac Vice)
[email address telephone fax]

DONALD F. ZIMMER, JR. (SBN 112279)
[email]
CHERYL A. SABNIS (SBN 224323)
[email]
KING & SPALDING LLP
[address telephone fax]

GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP
IAN C. BALLON (SBN 141819)
[email]
HEATHER MEEKER (SBN 172148)
[email address telephone fax]

Attorneys for Defendant
GOOGLE INC.

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ATTESTATION

I, Michael A. Jacobs, am the ECF User whose ID and password are being used to file this JOINT UPDATE ON RE-EXAMINATION OF ̕476 PATENT. In compliance with General Order 45, X.B., I hereby attest that Robert A. Van Nest has concurred in this filing.

Date: December 23, 2011

/s/ Michael A. Jacobs
MICHAEL A. JACOBS

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