Abstract Patent Suit To Get Fed. Circ. En Banc Rehearing

Law360, New York (October 9, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Tuesday agreed to reconsider a case concerning when a patent on a computer-implemented invention should be rejected for claiming abstract ideas, vacating a ruling in a suit over Alice Corp.'s patents covering a computerized trading platform and granting a rehearing en banc.

The appeals court said it would throw out and review a decision handed down in July, in which an appeals panel ruled 2-1 that a patent could only be found invalid for claiming an abstract idea if it was "manifestly...
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