Fed. Circ. OKs Ex-BigLaw Attys' Licensing Co. Patent Loss

Law360 (February 13, 2019, 8:09 PM EST) -- A patent licensing company founded by former WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partners lost its bid to revive its patent on internet data channels as the Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision that the patent was invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling for claiming only an abstract idea.

In a nonprecedential one-line order, the appellate court affirmed U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria’s February 2018 ruling that Blackbird Technologies’ patent was directed to an abstract idea of modifying a data stream based on third-party data and did not include claim elements that transformed it into a...

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