Hasbro Gets Judge To Ax 5 Patents Under Alice In Furby Case

Law360, New York (March 27, 2017, 8:03 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has cleared Hasbro Inc.’s Furby toys of infringing five patents on technology for controlling toys with sounds, finding that the patents are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling for claiming only an abstract idea.

In a decision on Wednesday, Judge Manuel L. Real of the Central District of California granted Hasbro’s motion to dismiss a suit filed in December by Dialware Communications LLC.

Dialware’s patents claim methods of interacting, controlling and communicating with toys through sounds created by a human or another device. The judge found that the patents claim only the abstract idea of...

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