Fed. Circ. Affirms Axing Of Web Referral Patent Under Alice

Law360, Washington (March 11, 2016, 6:28 PM EST) -- A Federal Circuit panel unanimously affirmed the invalidation of a Web referral system patent nixed under the Supreme Court’s Alice standard in a one-sentence order Friday, two days after oral arguments in the case.

The judges, after a grilling lead by Federal Circuit Judge Todd M. Hughes Wednesday, affirmed U.S. District Judge James V. Selna’s ruling that Essociate Inc. had claimed an abstract idea with its e-commerce patent that allowed online merchants to track user traffic from sites that weren’t part of their affiliate system....
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