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HTC Must Face Renewed Ancora Lawsuit Over Anti-Piracy Patent (Corrected)

Nov. 16, 2018, 4:43 PMUpdated: Nov. 16, 2018, 8:57 PM

A trial judge was wrong to say an Ancora Technologies Inc. patent was little more than an abstract idea and not entitled to legal protection, a federal appeals court ruled.

The patent, which covers a method to restrict unlicensed software, is a “concrete assignment of specified functions among a computer’s components to improve computer security,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said

The decision revives a patent infringement lawsuit against HTC Corp, and further clarifies rules on what types of software are eligible for patenting. It shows that while a number of court rulings have invalidated various...

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