Fed. Circ. Clears Netflix In WiLAN Streaming Patent Case

By Andrew Karpan (December 14, 2020, 10:53 PM EST) -- Handing a win to Netflix, the Federal Circuit on Monday backed a lower court's finding that a WiLan unit's patent on streaming technology failed to pass muster under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Alice decision.

In a nonprecedential opinion, a three-judge panel of the appellate court told Adaptive Streaming Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of WiLAN, that a patent it owned on "digital video processing techniques" was too abstract for protection under patent law, affirming U.S. District Judge David O. Carter's decision last year to dismiss the company's case against Netflix in California federal court.

Adaptive Streaming sued Netflix in July 2019,...

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