Fed. Circ. Affirms Nixing Of Email Patent Under Alice

By Kevin Penton (March 13, 2017, 4:40 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Texas federal court's ruling that the asserted claims of a patent related to the purportedly inventive concept of penalizing customers until they confirm an email are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling.

The appellate panel issued a one-sentence order that did not expand on its rationale for affirming the Western District of Texas' March 2016 ruling. The district court had found the asserted claims of Network Apparel Group LP's patent to be invalid under the high court's 2014 ruling in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, in which the justices...

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