Sports, Clothing Retailers Must Face Online Search IP Row

Law360 (November 1, 2018, 10:11 PM EDT) -- Academy Ltd. and The Buckle Inc. must face an infringement suit alleging that they stepped on website search technology after a Texas federal judge ruled Wednesday they had not shown the patent was invalid under Alice.

U.S. District Judge William C. Bryson found that the patent holder, IDB Ventures LLC, had sufficiently supported its contention that its U.S. Patent Number 6,216,139 went beyond the basics of a data-sorting search mechanism by improving on existing technology with a dialog box, among other things, according to his ruling refusing to dismiss litigation against the retailer.

Academy, a Katy, Texas-based sports giant, and The...

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