Apple Can't Kill Suit Over Ex-Sony, Nokia Phone Patents

Law360 (June 13, 2018, 7:03 PM EDT) -- Apple Inc. can't make an early escape from a suit alleging that several models of its iPhone infringe three patents related to silence and ignore features, a Delaware federal judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting the technology giant's contention that the patents — once held by Sony, Nokia and others — were invalid under Alice.

U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews denied Apple's bid to dismiss Ironworks Patents LLC's infringement claims, finding that U.S. Patent Numbers 6,850,150, 8,847,734 and RE39,231 aren't directed only to an abstract idea, in part because the claims in the patents are tied to a physical device, according to...

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