Fed Circuit invalidates data patent, in win for Amazon

Fed Circuit invalidates data patent, in win for Amazon


Amazon and games developer Blizzard Entertainment, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, have succeeded in invalidating a patent owned by Swiss company AC Technologies. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued the precedential decision on Wednesday, January 9. The Federal Circuit heard the case after AC appealed against a judgment of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to invalidate certain claims of its patent for a data management system. Amazon and Blizzard filed for an inter partes review (IPR) of the patent, which had been granted in 2011, citing a 1998 research paper by Michael Rabinovich of multinational conglomerate AT&T as prior art. According to the companies, Rabinovich’s article anticipated certain claims of the patent and rendered other claims obvious.

Source: WIPR

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