AT&T, Google say ‘no’ to Google-owned smartphone ring
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AT&t, Google, Apple and others say the patent filing of a patent application by the American tech giants is a threat to their patents.
In the filing on Friday, Apple, Google and Microsoft all say that the patent application for a “Google-owned” phone ring patent is “unpatentable,” “frivolous” and “an infringement of any patent owned by any other company.”
Apple, Google or Microsoft have a history of challenging patent applications and other patent claims from the tech giants, which have said that Apple is infringing on Google’s intellectual property.
But Apple and Google say the Patent Office is correct in saying the patent claims in the patent filed by the tech companies are “not likely to be used by others.”
The Patent Office said the claim in the filing by Google, the parent company of Android, that it could use its patent on an “Google owned” smartphone ring patent to “use a device with the Ring to provide remote access to a phone number in another location,” “is likely to constitute an infringement of one or more patents.”
Apple and Google said in a joint statement that they are “reviewing this claim and looking into its merits.”
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple and Microsoft have not yet commented on the patent.
The Patent Act states that patent claims must be validly claimed before patentability is determined.
Patent office officials said the patent claim in Apple’s filing is not likely to “likely be used in the future.”
In its filing with the Patent and Trademark Office, Apple said that it has been granted the “Google exclusive rights to this patent in the United States and elsewhere” and that “no further application of this patent will be granted.”
AT&t, Google, Apple and others say the patent filing of a patent application by the American tech giants is a…