Acticon's Patent Portfolio

"Smart Connector" Patents:

U.S. Patent No. 4,543,450, “Integrated Connector and Modem,” has a priority date of January 3, 1983 and was published September 24, 1985. View a .pdf of the Patent.

U.S. Patent No. 4,603,320, “Connector Interface,” has a priority date of April 13, 1983 and was published July 29, 1986. View a .pdf of the Patent.

U.S. Patent No. 4,686,506, “Multiple Connector Interface,” has a priority date of April 13, 1983 and was published August 11, 1986. View a .pdf of the Patent.

U.S. Patent No. 4,972,470, “Programmable Connector,” has a priority date of August 6, 1987 and was published November 20, 1990. View a .pdf of the Patent.

U.S. Patent No. 6,747,752, “Demonstration Control Adjunct Device for Printers,” has a priority date of November 6, 1998 and was published June 4, 2008. View a .pdf of the Patent.

Reexamination

In 2005, reexamination proceedings at the USPTO were initiated by Askey Corporation (now an Acticon licensee) in response to a patent infringement law suit brought by Acticon against Askey.

Reexamination was requested for three of Acticon's patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface"), 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface") and 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector"). The Patent Office disagreed with the applicant's arguments alleging that these patents were invalid in view of the prior art.

During the reexamination of the '470 Patent, approximately 120 U.S. patents, 10 foreign patents, and 34 non-patent publications were brought to the attention of the Patent Office, which nevertheless found that the "volumes of prior art cited by the requester... have been reviewed in detail.... However, the examiner does not agree with any of the proposed anticipation/obviousness conclusions drawn by the requestor."