Lyft Says New Arguments Doom Ride-Hailing Patent Appeal

Law360 (September 25, 2020, 6:32 PM EDT) -- Lyft has urged the Federal Circuit to uphold a decision that claims of a ride-sharing technology patent invented by a retired Georgia Tech professor are indefinite, saying RideApp Inc. raised new arguments on appeal that the court can't consider.

In a brief filed Thursday, Lyft said the district court rightfully found that the patent's written description lacks an adequate algorithm to carry out the claimed functions, and so correctly invalidated the claims. RideApp Inc., created by former professor Stephen Dickerson, argued on appeal that the district court's decision was erroneous because it improperly analyzed the algorithm.

But Lyft said in making the...

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