Fed. Circ. Gives Apple, Others Alice Win On Menu Patents

Law360, New York (November 29, 2016, 7:55 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday that many claims of three Ameranth Inc. patents on computerized menu technology, challenged at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board by Apple Inc. and dozens of others, are invalid for claiming only abstract ideas.

The appeals court not only affirmed the PTAB’s decision invalidating many claims of Ameranth’s patents under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling that abstract ideas implemented on a computer are not patent-eligible, it also reversed the PTAB’s decision to uphold several other claims, finding those invalid as well.

Ameranth, a San Diego-based company that offers internet-based products to the hospitality and gaming...

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