Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Win For EA On NBA Video Game

Law360, New York (April 6, 2017, 3:48 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that a sports video game patent that Electronic Arts Inc.’s popular NBA video games were accused of infringing was invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice standard, upholding a decision from a federal judge in Utah.

The appeals court issued a summary order affirming U.S. District Judge Jill N. Parrish’s decision in 2016 to toss White Knuckle Gaming LLC’s lawsuit. The judge found the patent was directed to nothing more than the abstract idea of updating software in sports video games.

John Bovich of Reed Smith LLP, an attorney for EA, said they were pleased with...

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