Online Ticketing Patent Obvious, Fed. Circ. Finds

Law360, Los Angeles (April 26, 2013, 3:23 PM ET) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a trial court’s judgment against online ticket company CEATS Inc., which sued a spate of airlines and entertainment companies including Ticketmaster LLC for allegedly infringing a patent for selling seats online, ruling that a jury correctly determined the patent was obvious.

In a 19-page unpublished opinion, a three-judge panel found that Expedia.com’s own online seat-selection system, which it launched in 1997, was up and operational at least one year before CEATS claims the defendants infringed its patents on their own...
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