Abercrombie, Home Depot Escape Credit Card System IP Suit

Law360, New York (March 2, 2012, 6:44 PM EST) -- A Georgia federal judge on Thursday invalidated an Acacia Research Corp. patent for a system to protect consumers from credit card fraud — a finding that ended the company's claims against Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. and The Home Depot Inc.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Vining Jr.'s decision adopts the findings of a report and recommendation from special master David W. Plant. Vining overruled the protests of plaintiff Financial Systems Innovation LLC, who had argued that Plant had made numerous errors of law.

"The court...
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