Fed. Circ. Laments Ambiguities In Gaming Patent Row

Law360, Washington (December 10, 2015, 6:57 PM EST) -- A Federal Circuit panel parsed through various meanings in an "ambiguous" patent on a computer gaming system Thursday, questioning what it really means to play with a computer in inventor John Stephenson's move to revive the patent asserted against Game Show Network LLC.

After challenging the Patent Trial and Appeals Board decision to invalidate the patent as obvious last November, Stephenson's case ran into a bevy of questions from the panel. Federal Circuit Judges Kathleen O'Malley and Ray Plager repeatedly asked about the patent's descriptions of games, such as solitaire, played "between" a player and a computer, and how they should interpret the...

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