Fed. Circ. Judge Says Alice Caused ‘Tremendous Uncertainty’

Law360, Washington (February 5, 2016, 6:35 PM EST) -- A Federal Circuit judge on Friday acknowledged the Supreme Court's Alice rule has created "tremendous uncertainty" over what makes a patent an ineligible abstract idea during separate appeals involving Microsoft, Enfish and others, questioning the rule's vague exceptions for those claiming new solutions to old problems.

Enfish first sued Microsoft and other software companies in August 2012, saying Microsoft's .NET Framework software infringes its patents. (Credit: AP) U.S. Circuit Judge Richard G. Taranto made the admission in response to Microsoft Corp.’s attempt to affirm the invalidity of Enfish’s patents at the heart of an infringement suit over the tech giant’s .NET Framework software....

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