Accenture Pushes Fed. Circ. To Nix Software IP Invalidation

Law360, Washington (August 6, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT) -- Accenture Global Services GmbH on Monday urged the Federal Circuit to overturn a lower court's invalidation of its software patent in its suit against rival Guidewire Software Inc., claiming that upholding the decision could create precedent that computer software can't be protected by patents.

A Delaware federal court had invalidated Accenture's insurance claims processing software patent, saying it focused on concepts and abstract ideas rather than patentable technological advances, leading to the company's 2011 appeal.

The plaintiff told the appeals panel during Monday's hearing that its...
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