Full Fed. Circ. Won't Review 'Dangerous' Alice Reversal

Law360 (February 12, 2019, 4:49 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit said Tuesday it would not reconsider a ruling that unwound Google LLC’s Alice win on three spreadsheet patents — a decision the search engine giant has warned is “dangerous” and could have far-reaching consequences.

The court’s refusal to rehear the case en banc leaves in place an October panel ruling that found a Delaware federal judge was wrong to hold the Data Engine Technologies LLC patents do not claim eligible subject matter under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice v. CLS Bank decision.

The landmark Alice ruling held abstract ideas implemented using a computer are not patent-eligible under...

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