Nonpracticing Entity Hit With Attys' Fees In Patent Row

By Kelly Knaub (July 7, 2017, 3:32 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has ordered nonpracticing entity Shipping and Transit LLC to pay attorneys' fees and costs to a freight transportation company it accused of infringing three vehicle patents, saying the asserted claims are invalid under the Alice test and the case is exceptional under Octane Fitness.

Hall Enterprises Inc., which does business as Logistics Planning Services, argued that the patent infringement suit Shipping and Transit brought against it was "objectively unreasonable" in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, which held that abstract ideas implemented using a computer are not patent-eligible...

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