Federal Circuit Holds That Memory System Patent Is Directed To Patent-Eligible “Improvement To Computer Functionality”

Fitzpatrick Case Update
August 15, 2017

On August 15, 2017, the Federal Circuit, in a 2-1 decision in Visual Memory LLC v. NVIDIA Corporation, Appeal No. 16-2254, reversed a district court’s determination that Visual Memory’s U.S. Patent No. 5,953,740 was invalid because it was directed to a patent-ineligible abstract idea.  The Federal Circuit majority instead concluded that the ’740 patent was directed to a patent-eligible “improvement to computer functionality.”

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