Fed. Circ. Affirms Invalidity Of Britannica Patents

Law360, New York (June 18, 2010, 7:06 PM EDT) -- Ruling on a novel question of statutory interpretation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found Friday that a lower court had correctly deemed invalid two patents for computerized map-viewing systems held by Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc.

The Federal Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas' grant of summary judgment to defendants accused of infringing Britannica's patents, finding that the lower court had properly held that the patents were invalid due to anticipation by Britannica's own published foreign patent application....
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