Fed. Circ. Backs Sanyo's Alice Win In Smart TV Patent Case

Law360 (April 9, 2018, 9:23 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court's ruling that four patents on methods of controlling entertainment subscriptions, which Sanyo smart TVs were accused of infringing, are invalid for claiming nothing more than abstract ideas.

The appeals court found that Judge Gary Feinerman of the Northern District of Illinois correctly dismissed patent owner Maxon LLC's suit over Sanyo-branded TVs made by Funai Corp. and held that all four patents cover patent-ineligible subject matter under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling.

Maxon alleged that the patents cover technology that would allow users to activate or deactivate services like Netflix from their...

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