Fed. Circ. Wipes Out $110M Ericsson Patent Win Under Alice

Law360 (April 14, 2020, 7:23 PM EDT) -- A split Federal Circuit panel ruled Tuesday that an Ericsson computer security patent is invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice holding, wiping out a $110 million award the company had won against smartphone maker TCL in the Eastern District of Texas.

In a 2-1 opinion, the majority held that Ericsson's patent is ineligible under Section 101 of the Patent Act because it merely covers the abstract idea of controlling access to resources, an argument the district judge had rejected before a jury found that TCL infringed.

"Although written in technical jargon, a close analysis of the claims reveals that they...

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