Originally Posted by HarryT
But was it the jury's job to determine whether or not the patents were valid, or simply to ascertain whether they'd been infringed? Surely it's the job of the patent office to determine the validity of a patent application, is it not?
Once it is brought to court it can be challenged. The patent office does what it believes is it's job but that doesn't mean it is always correct. My opinion is that design and software patents should never be issued, but that have been in the last few decades and it's difficult to stop a ship that has already sailed.
I do think it is the patent office's job to prevent issuing of frivolous patents --this rounded corner rectangle being frivolous to the max.
The jury should have overturned it as well as the flat black screen patent...
there was clearly prior art for both.