HTC Beats $45M Virtual Reality Patent Suit, For Now

By Dorothy Atkins (March 19, 2018, 3:24 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday tossed with leave to amend a $45 million lawsuit alleging HTC America Inc.'s VIVE headsets infringe two virtual reality application patents, finding the patents are valid under the Supreme Court's Alice ruling but the allegations need to be more detailed for the case to move forward.

In a 12-page order, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg rejected HTC's arguments that the patents cover patent-ineligible subject matter under the high court's 2014 Alice ruling, which held that abstract ideas implemented using a computer are not patent-eligible. The judge, however, found that plaintiff Electronic Scripting Products Inc. failed...

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