Is this a Pop Socket?

Pop Socket is a brand name product and they make a phone accessory that is very similar to the GRIP pop phone socket and media stand.

We do not claim the GRIP pop phone socket to be a Pop Socket, that is a trademark. We will not sell you GRIP pop phone sockets in Pop Socket packaging. Don’t ask.

Pop Socket, which is based out of Boulder Colorado is the leader in collapsible phone stands and media grips and has just lost a major lawsuit and appeal with the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office).

Read the short version of what happened. Click here.

Pop Socket Patent Ruling

The short version of the story is as follows.

  1. On June 16, 2016 Popsocket sued Quest USA Corp in the United States District Court, EasternDistrict of New York for patent infringement, among other claims. PopSocketsLLC v. Quest USA Corp. and Isaac Srour C.A. No. 1:17-cv-03653(E.D.N.Y.) Quest makes a very similar product called the Spin Pop.
  2. While the New Yorkproceedings were ongoing, Quest launched an appeal with the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board, of the US Patent and Trademark Office. The Appeal Board granted a full hearing of the matter based on preliminary evidence submitted by the respective parties Quest and Popsocket.
  3. The US Patent AppealBoard heard the case and ruled on August 12, 2019 that claims 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17 of Popsocket’s Patent #8560031 are not patentable. 
  4. Pop Socket has filed a Judicial Review, currently scheduled for Oct 24th 2019. A Judicial Review is often seen as a bit of a “Hail Mary” as this is basically a final appeal to the highest court to review patent and rulings by the USPTO (patent board). The rulings by USPTO are very rarely overturned.
  5. A listing of all cases between Quest andd Pop Socket.

PopSockets LLC (pla) 1:2018mc00222 PopSockets LLC v. Quest USA Corp. et al| Colorado District Court 12/07/2018 04/02/2019

PopSockets LLC (cd) 1:2017cv03653 PopSockets LLC v. Quest USA Corp. et al New York Eastern District Court 06/16/2017

PopSockets LLC (pla) 1:2017cv03653 PopSockets LLC v. Quest USA Corp. et al| New York Eastern District Court 06/16/2017

PopSockets LLC (pla) 1:2018cv02584 PopSockets LLC v. Quest USA Corp. et al| New York Eastern District Court 05/01/2018

|PopSockets LLC (cd) 1:2018cv02584 PopSockets LLC v. Quest USA Corp. et al| New York Eastern District Court 05/01/2018

PopSockets LLC (pla) 1:2018cv05546 PopSockets LLC v. Quest USA Corp. et al| New York Eastern District Court 10/03/2018

PopSockets LLC (cd) 1:2018cv05546 PopSockets LLC v. Quest USA Corp. et al| New York Eastern District Court 10/03/2018

Read the entire USPTO ruling.

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Pop socket loses patent appeal against Quest USA August 2019
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