Comcast Can't Invalidate NexStep's 'Concierge' Patents

By Craig Clough (September 17, 2021, 10:05 PM EDT) -- A Delaware judge denied an early win bid Friday to Comcast Cable Communications in its effort to invalidate two customer troubleshooting "concierge" patents just ahead of a jury trial on allegations the cable and internet giant infringed NexStep's methods of combining and integrating telecom services.

U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews' order adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation that the patents be found patent eligible just before a Monday trial over NexStep's troubleshooting patents.

The two NexStep Inc. patents are not, as a matter of law, directed to an abstract idea outlined in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Alice ruling, Judge Andrews...

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