High Court Won't Hear 'Abstract Ideas' Patent Case

By Dorothy Atkins (May 22, 2017, 3:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to take up a case that asked the justices to define what constitutes an "abstract idea" that is not patent-eligible under the high court's previous Alice ruling and to clarify the standard of proof for invalidating a patent on eligibility grounds.

The high court's decision denying Broadband iTV Inc.'s petition for writ of certiorari marks an end to a suit Broadband iTV launched against various Time Warner Cable Inc. entities and Hawaiian Telcom Inc. in April 2014 for allegedly infringing its 2009 patent — U.S. Patent No. 7,631,336 — through their digital TV services,...

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