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Chewy Beats IBM’s Infringement Claims Over Internet Patents

April 12, 2022, 4:39 PM

Online pet-supply seller Chewy Inc. won a ruling ending its legal fight with IBM Corp. over internet-related patents—technology IBM tried to license to it for $36 million.

Judge Jed Rakoff in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Chewy doesn’t infringe three IBM patents. Part of a fourth patent is invalid because it covers only the abstract idea of identifying ads based on search results, Rakoff said in an opinion Monday.

The “claims fail to provide any greater specificity that might transform the abstract idea of targeting advertisement based on search results into an inventive ...