Fed. Circ. Throws Out Nissim Appeal In ClearPlay Patent Case

By Michael Lipkin (March 14, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT) -- A Federal Circuit panel on Friday rejected Nissim Corp.'s attempt to enforce a settlement with ClearPlay Inc. in a long-running dispute over a licensing agreement for patents censoring objectionable content from DVDs, ruling Nissim's appeal was based on nonfinal orders.

Judge Todd Hughes, writing for the panel, found that Nissim had appealed two rulings on summary judgment, which were not final orders despite Nissim's claims that they were "sufficiently firm" for review. Nissim had argued that ClearPlay could use the interlocutory rulings as the basis for an issue preclusion argument in future cases, but the court held that it did not...

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