Fed. Circ. Keeps Alice Patent Ruling In $533M Apple Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (June 12, 2017, 4:48 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday declined to reconsider a decision finding three data storage patents invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice standard in an infringement case against Apple Inc. that previously saw a Texas federal jury award $533 million to patent holder Smartflash LLC.

A panel in March found that U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap should have granted Apple’s post-trial motion to invalidate the patents, thereby freeing Apple from the infringement verdict handed down by a jury in 2015. The decision found the patents claim only an abstract idea and are ineligible under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling....

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