Fed. Circ. Backs Invalidation Of Accenture Software Patent

Law360, Los Angeles (September 5, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court's invalidation of an Accenture Global Services GmbH software patent in its lawsuit against rival Guidewire Software Inc., saying the asserted claims covering a program for handling insurance-related tasks don't rise above the level of abstract concepts. 

In a 2-1 decision, a panel agreed with U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson that Accenture's patent, U.S. Patent Number 7,013,284, doesn't claim any patentable technological advances. 

"The system claims are ineligible for patenting ... because they fail to include limitations that set them apart...
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