Fed. Circ. Backs Lyft In Ride-Sharing Patent Fight

By Andrew Karpan (March 25, 2021, 8:27 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that a California federal judge had it right when he found that claims in a transportation company's patent on the concept allegedly underlying Lyft Inc.'s ride-hailing business were indefinite.

A three-judge panel upheld the lower court's claim construction order against former Georgia Institute of Technology professor Stephen Dickerson's company, RideApp Inc., finding that its transportation system patent was too short on details to support an infringement case against Lyft.

Writing for the panel, U.S. Circuit Judge Raymond T. Chen found the RideApp patent failed to describe "how the system analyzes different passenger transportation requests and vehicle availability...

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