Fed. Circ. Kills 3 Patents In $533M Apple Case Under Alice

By Ryan Davis (March 1, 2017, 6:04 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday found that three Smartflash LLC data storage patents that an Texas federal jury ordered Apple Inc. to pay $533 million for infringing are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling because they claim only abstract ideas.

Smartflash sued Apple in 2013, and a jury found in February 2015 that Apple willfully infringed four claims of three patents and awarded Smartflash $533 million. (AP) The appeals court ruled that U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap should have granted Apple's post-trial motion for judgment as a matter of law that the patents are invalid. The court therefore reversed...

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