Fed. Circ. Affirms Microsoft Win In Almondnet Ad IP Suit

Law360, Washington (November 20, 2012, 6:04 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a Wisconsin federal judge's ruling that Microsoft Inc.'s Bing search engine advertising services don't infringe three of interactive advertising company Almondnet Inc.'s patents.

A three-judge panel affirmed U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb's decision to toss the case when she determined Almondnet's patents only covered search- and content-based advertising systems that calculated a client's price-per-view before a consumer saw the ad, and Microsoft's adCenter program didn't meet that criteria.

During oral arguments earlier this month, Circuit Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley...
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