December 01, 2010 17:00 ET
USPTO Affirms Droplets Rich Internet Patent After Re-Examination
PLANO, TX--(Marketwire - December 1, 2010) - Droplets, Inc. is securing a re-examination certificate for its first patent upholding all patent claims and allowing 68 new ones in light of dozens of new prior art citations. The patent covers the company's rich internet technology that was the subject of a lawsuit with Adobe Systems Incorporated which settled in 2008 (Eastern District of Texas, case no. 2:2006-cv-00307 Droplets v. Adobe Systems).
"As Droplets has long anticipated, the strength of the patent has passed the test of time," says David Berberian, CEO. "This reaffirmed patent confirms the quality of our overall US and interational patent family. Our inventors were truly visionary in creating a technology in the late 1990s that is widely used and accepted today."
The software tool provider noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reaffirmed the validity of its patent, U.S. Patent Number 6,687,745 titled "System and method for delivering a graphical user interface of remote applications over a thin bandwidth connection," following an inter-partes re-examination process initiated by Adobe. In general, inter-partes re-examinations are very thorough and only rarely allow all claims to be reissued without change. This re-examination was certainly very thorough, as the Patent Office considered more than 70 prior art citations including dozens of new ones not considered during the original examination of the '745 patent. The successful result, including validation of all original claims from the '745 patent without change and the granting of 68 new claims, is quite rare.
In early 2009, the USPTO also allowed Droplets' second patent, No 7,502,838. This patent was a continuation of the '745 patent and included claims that significantly extended the protection obtained under the '745 patent for rich internet application technology. The USPTO affirmed these claims over all the prior art considered during the '745 patent re-examination.
Aside from these two US patents, Droplets family of patents includes counterpart patents in Australia, (Pat. 769099), Israel (Patent No. 148635), and Korea (Patent No. 10-079976), as well as several patents pending in Europe and other countries.
Droplets' patents relate to the system and method of accessing graphical user interfaces of remote applications over both private client/server networks and the public Internet (Rich Internet Applications or "RIAs"). The patents further relate to novel user interaction capabilities such as accessing an application within a Web page and then dragging that application out to the PC desktop where it can continue to be accessed like any other piece of local software.
The Droplets RIA platform enables software developers to create web applications that have the rich interaction and usability of native desktop software combined with the administrative ease, universal accessibility, and high security of server-based Web applications. Droplets applications use only approximately 10% of the network bandwidth of typical Web applications, thereby lowering enterprise costs and dramatically improving the responsiveness of applications for dial-up users and mobile wireless users. Droplets applications are cross-platform and can be accessed within Web pages or directly from PC desktops or mobile devices. Droplets applications can be written in standard Java, C++, and MicroFocus COBOL.
Droplets, Inc. is a privately held software company based in Plano, Texas. Droplets' RIA software is protected by a U.S. patents 6,687,745 and 7,502,838 and a family of international patents. The technology has been licensed by Global 1000 enterprises, U.S. armed services, ISVs, and ASPs. To learn more, please visit http://www.droplets.com
Droplets' patent counsel is Ostrow Kaufman LLP.