U.S. Supreme Court ruling favors Apple’s fight against patent trolls

“The Supreme Court on Monday blessed new government procedures for challenging patents, a win for companies that argued the fledgling process was a better, more cost-effective way to weed weak patents out of the system,” Brent Kendall reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“It is a boost for technology companies like Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc. that have taken advantage of new procedures at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to challenge the validity of patents they believed made weak claims to new innovations,” Kendall reports. “The 2011 law created quicker and cheaper procedures for contesting patents in front of the Patent Office instead of in front of a federal judge.”

Kendall reports, “Justice Stephen Breyer, writing the court’s opinion, said the Patent Office approach ‘helps to protect the public’ by preventing individuals and companies from claiming overly broad patents that ‘might discourage the use of the invention by a member of the public.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Good news for Apple is good news for innovation.

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