Fed. Circ. Backs Google, Nixes Web Sales Patent Under Alice

By Ryan Davis (September 3, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that a buySAFE Inc. patent on a method of providing secure online sales transaction is invalid because it claims only an abstract idea under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice Corp. ruling, in a win for accused infringer Google Inc.

The appeals court affirmed a lower court ruling that buySAFE's patent covers nothing more than the basic concept of providing a third-party guarantee for a sales transaction in an online environment.

The Federal Circuit wrote that the case was an easy call in light of the high court's Alice ruling, which held that abstract ideas implemented using...

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