Full Fed. Circ. Urged To Eye Alice Nix In $533M Apple Case

Law360, New York (April 17, 2017, 7:16 PM EDT) -- Smartflash LLC told the full Federal Circuit on Friday that a panel decision invalidating its data storage patents for claiming abstract ideas, which freed Apple Inc. from a $533 million infringement verdict, contradicts the court's recent patent-eligibility rulings and must be reversed.

The company filed a petition for en banc rehearing of the March decision knocking out an Eastern District of Texas jury verdict that Apple infringed three patents for technology to restrict access to audio and video data to those who have paid for it.

The panel held that the patents claim only the abstract idea of "conditioning and controlling...

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