Smartphone Makers Get Quick Alice Win In ITC Patent Case

Law360, New York (August 22, 2016, 9:43 PM EDT) -- A U.S. International Trade Commission judge handed smartphone makers a win Friday, ruling that a media player patent that netted a Singapore software company a $100 million settlement with Apple is invalid under Alice, in what appears to be the first time an ITC investigation has been terminated during its early review program.

In a 51-page opinion, Administrative Law Judge David Shaw said in his initial determination — which is subject to review by the full ITC — that 16 asserted claims of Creative Technology Ltd.'s patent, which covers technology that allows users to browse through songs based on their category,...

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