Fed. Circ. Clears McDonald’s In Credit Card Patent Row

The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a decision that McDonald’s Corp. doesn’t infringe digital rights management patents by accepting credit cards for payment, ruling that the fast food giant did not benefit from every element of the patent, as required by a recent ruling.

The appeals court relied on a September decision in which it held that in order to directly infringe a patent, a company must benefit from “each and every element of the claimed system.” It ruled that in this case, that was not...

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