Jury Finds Acacia Unit's GUI Patents Invalid

Law360, New York (May 3, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT) -- A federal jury has deemed invalid three graphical user interface patents asserted by Acacia Research Corp. unit IP Innovations LLC and Technology Licensing Corp. against Linux providers Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc.

A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas returned a verdict Friday finding that the plaintiffs had not proven that Red Hat and Novell directly infringed, or actively induced others to infringe, any of the patents' asserted claims.

However, the defendants proved clearly and convincingly that the three...
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