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.

During Wednesday's oral arguments, Judge Hughes said he was not convinced that Essociate had demonstrated patentability...

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