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Shopify, Stripe’s Win Over E-Payment Patents Affirmed on Appeal

Jan. 13, 2021, 5:36 PM

Shopify Inc. and Stripe Inc. are free from an infringement suit after the Federal Circuit affirmed a ruling that parts of Boom! Payments Inc.'s patents on electronic payments are ineligible for patent protection.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the suit, holding claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,429,084, 9,235,857, and 10,346,840 are directed to the abstract idea of authenticating internet sales through a third party. No additional inventive concept transforms them into patent-eligible subject matter, the trial court said.

The patents “only describe steps of passing information back and forth by a computer,” ...

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