Fed. Circ. OKs Tinder Win In British Telecom Patent Suit

By Mike LaSusa (June 3, 2020, 10:01 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday backed a lower court's ruling letting Tinder's parent IAC/InterActiveCorp out of a suit claiming it had infringed a British Telecommunications patent, agreeing with the earlier decision that the technology was too abstract for patent protection.

The three-judge panel upheld the February 2019 decision by their colleague, U.S. Circuit Judge William C. Bryson, who was sitting in Delaware federal court at the time. The panel said BT's patent was directed to nothing more than the abstract idea of providing location-specific information.

"The claims do not pass muster under the second step of the Alice inquiry because they...

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