Fed. Circ. Eon Ruling Offers Map For Clear Software Patents

Law360, New York (May 8, 2015, 8:24 PM EDT) -- A recent Federal Circuit decision invalidating an interactive TV patent owned by Eon Corp. IP Holdings LLC is the latest ruling by the appeals court stressing the need to make software patents clear by including an algorithm and provides guidance for writing software claims that can withstand scrutiny, attorneys say.

The Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that Eon's patent, which it accused AT&T Mobility LLC, HTC America Inc. and others of infringing, is indefinite because it didn't disclose an algorithm illustrating how the software performs the claimed functions. The court rejected Eon's argument that its patent fell within an exception to the...

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