Fed. Circ. Affirms That Alice Kills Patents In Sallie Mae Case

Law360, New York (February 27, 2017, 4:40 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court's ruling that four Parus Holdings Inc. communication patents were invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice test, preserving a win for Sallie Mae Bank and other financial institutions that had been accused of infringement.

In a one-line order, the appeals court affirmed an October 2015 decision from a Delaware federal judge who found Parus' patents were invalid because they were directed to the abstract idea of managing business communications.

Parus had argued the district court had made errors in its application of the Alice framework. In a March 2016 filing, it framed...

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