U.S. Court of Appeals again rules Smartflash patents asserted against Apple are invalid

On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling that patents owned by licensing company Smartflash, LLC are invalid.

The finding kills Smartflash’s hope of restarting lawsuits against Apple, Google, and Samsung.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a set of rulings by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board which said that key claims in seven Smartflash patents relating to data storage technology were invalid because they described an abstract idea, not a patentable invention.

MacDailyNews Take: Wah-wah.

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  1. …because they described an abstract idea, not a patentable invention.

    Once again we can point at the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) as THE SOURCE of the problem. It would be amusing if the USPTO had to pay all legal fees resulting from invalid patent disputes.

    No, that’s not a solution to anything. Perhaps cattle prods!

    No. I think a thorough assessment, overhaul, firing and improved hiring, training and budget consideration is in order.

    Stupid Patent of the Month @EFF

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