Fed. Circ. Backs DirecTV, Amazon Alice Wins On Streaming IP

By Ryan Davis (September 23, 2016, 7:12 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court's decisions that two streaming media patents asserted against Amazon.com Inc., DirecTV LLC and the major sports leagues are invalid for claiming only abstract ideas under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision.

In a pair of rulings in separate suits both brought by Affinity Labs of Texas LLC, the appeals court held that Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. of the Western District of Texas correctly found in favor of the defendants and held that the patents covers only the basic function of streaming media content to mobile devices, not any particular way of...

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