9/5/2003 - Extended Systems (NASDAQ: XTND) announced that U.S. Patent Office examiners have issued "Office Actions" rejecting patent claims in the Pumatech, Inc. (NASDAQ: PUMA) '529 and '664 patents. The Patent Office, which found a "substantial new question of patentability" for each of the '390, '529, and '664 patents, reexamined the claims in each of these patents upon Extended Systems' request.
The examiners have rejected all Pumatech claims that Extended Systems asked the Patent Office to review in Pumatech's '529 and '664 patents. A Patent Office examiner previously rejected all Pumatech claims in the '390 patent over the prior art. As a result of the reexaminations, Extended Systems expects the claims in these three patents to be significantly narrowed or cancelled. By statute, the claims cannot be made broader.
This follows news released on August 5 that Extended Systems received a positive ruling in the Markman claims construction hearing in this case. In that decision, the court significantly narrowed the patent claims in five of Pumatech's patents.
Extended Systems continues to be confident that the company does not infringe any valid Pumatech claim asserted in the litigation. Extended Systems CEO and President Charles Jepson said, "The Patent Office's actions continue to strengthen our belief that Extended Systems has not infringed any valid Pumatech patent rights and that we will prevail in the litigation."
Extended Systems is continuing its aggressive defense of all 8 Pumatech patents involved in the patent lawsuit. Extended Systems had previously requested that the court stay the litigation for the three patents undergoing reexamination with the Patent Office. The court's recent decision to continue the litigation for all 8 patents is not expected to have any negative effect on Extended Systems' case.
About Extended Systems
Extended Systems provides the expertise, strategy and solutions to help enterprise organizations streamline their business processes through mobile technology. The company's mobile solutions suite enables companies to mobilize critical enterprise applications such as e-mail, field service, sales force automation (SFA), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM). Extended Systems has more than 3,000 enterprise customers worldwide and key alliance relationships with Ericsson, HP, Handspring, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, RIM, Sharp, Siemens and Toshiba.
Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and worldwide. For more information, call 1-800-235-7576 or visit the company Web site.
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