Ultramercial Asks Full Fed. Circ. To Review Reach Of Alice

By Ryan Davis (January 15, 2015, 6:15 PM EST) -- Ultramercial Inc. asked the full Federal Circuit on Wednesday to review a decision that invalidated its online advertising patent for claiming nothing more than an abstract idea, saying that the ruling conflicts with the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling and threatens scores of computer-related patents.

Ultramercial said in its petition for en banc rehearing that the high court's June Alice ruling, which held that abstract ideas implemented using a computer are ineligible for a patent, "offered little guidance" on what makes an idea abstract. The Federal Circuit could address that issue by taking its case en banc, the company said....

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