Federal Circuit Axes "Smart Card" Suit Against Visa

Law360, New York (January 16, 2007, 12:00 AM ET) -- In yet another setback for patent-holding company E-Pass Technologies Inc., a federal appeals court has cleared Visa International and other technology companies of charges of infringing patents for “smart-card” technology.

The Jan. 12 decision issued the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a summary judgment on noninfringement issued earlier in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The appeals court said no reasonable jury could conclude that defendants Visa U.S.A. Inc., 3Com Corp. or PalmSource Inc. could have infringed the...
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