Metal Processing Patent Survives Alice Over Gov't Challenge

Law360, New York (February 9, 2017, 6:33 PM EST) -- The federal government owes a Michigan business over $200,000 for infringing a patent covering metal processing technology, a judge in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims decided, rejecting the government’s argument that the disputed claims were invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

The decision from Federal Claims Judge Charles F. Lettow, which was unsealed Monday, followed a two-week trial last summer. Hitkansut LLC had accused the federal government of violating its patent through research done at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

The U.S. had argued, in part, that the asserted claims of the patent cover nothing more than...

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