Too-Long Brief Dooms Banking Patent Appeal At Fed. Circ.

By Kat Greene (April 20, 2015, 7:07 PM EDT) -- A trick straight out of high school English class cost Pi-Net International Inc. its bid to save three patents in its suit against JPMorgan Chase & Co. over online banking applications when the Federal Circuit dismissed its appeal Monday because a brief was too long.

Pi-Net had clocked in its opening brief in its appeal of a Delaware federal judge's order invalidating its patents at just under the court's 14,000-word limit, but JPMorgan contended in a reply that the appellants had artificially shortened their work by deleting spaces between words, creating confusing acronyms and using a code to abbreviate case citations,...

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