Fed. Circ. Judge In Amazon IP Row Mulls His ‘Enfish’ Ruling

Law360, Washington (February 8, 2017, 2:56 PM EST) -- Federal Circuit Judge Todd M. Hughes pondered the limits of patent eligibility laid out in his 2016 “Enfish” decision, while hearing an infringement dispute Wednesday against Amazon.com Inc. over high-speed internet technology, struggling with where to draw the line against software directed to abstract concepts.

Judge Hughes acknowledged during oral arguments that the distributed computing patents asserted against Amazon — and invalidated in a lower court — were far more general than those involved in the Federal Circuit case Enfish LLC v. Microsoft Corp., which due to their detailed programming specifications were deemed patent eligible under Section 101 of the Patent...

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