7-Eleven Didn't Tread On ATM Patents, Fed. Circ. Says

Law360, New York (April 23, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday said an exclusive patent licensee could not accuse 7-Eleven Inc. of stealing a patented idea for Internet-connected ATMs because the convenience store's machines were not actually connected to the Web.

The appeals judges affirmed a Delaware district court ruling that 7-Eleven's Vcom-brand ATMs were hooked into private servers, not a public network, rejecting Automated Transactions LLC's argument that a district judge had used the wrong definition of "Internet” in dismissing the suit.

Automated Transactions had argued the judge should have parsed...
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