Fed. Circ. Finds IV Computer Patent Invalid Under Alice

Law360, New York (November 3, 2017, 7:53 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit affirmed Friday a lower court ruling that found an Intellectual Ventures patent on screening for "errant" computer files was invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling, agreeing that the company failed to show that the patent's claims were not abstract.

Intellectual Ventures, a major patent licensing company that owns more than 70,000 patents, accused Erie Indemnity Co. and other insurers of infringing four patents through their databases and other software. While a Pennsylvania federal judge had found three out of the four patents invalid under Alice in 2015, the question remained whether the fourth patent was invalid as well.

The claims for the fourth...

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