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Federal Circuit invalidates Smartflash patents in Apple dispute

Michael Loney, New York


The Federal Circuit has found invalid three Smartflash patents that an Eastern District of Texas jury had awarded $530m in damages for Apple infringing in 2015. The appeals court said Smartflash’s asserted claims are analogous to Ultramercial and distinct from DDR Holdings.

Federal Circuit building 285The Federal Circuit has found invalid three Smartflash patents, reversing the Eastern District of Texas.

Apple appealed from the district court’s denial of Apple’s motion for judgment as a matter of law seeking to invalidate three Smartflash patents for being...


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