The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied an effort by HP Inc. to compel a rehearing of arguments that overturned an earlier court ruling that favored the computer giant regarding patent eligibility. The Court affirmed that the plaintiff’s claims raised factual questions about patent eligibility and as a result must follow normal procedural rules.
The firm’s Paul Skiermont serves as co-counsel for inventor Steven E. Berkheimer, who claims that HP violated his patent on digital file archiving. A district judge found that the patent covered only abstract ideas and did not meet the federal courts’ Alice standard, granting summary judgment to HP. Berkheimer appealed that ruling to the Federal Circuit, which found that there were legitimate, factual questions about the patent’s validity that warranted further consideration.
Read more about the ruling here.