Washington DC
7 June 2016
Reporter: Tammy Facey

Facebook free to organise hyperlinks

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has cleared Facebook of infringing a database patent.

The Federal Circuit backed District Court for the Western District of Texas Judge Orlando Garcia’s previous claim construction that led to Facebook and Indacon Systems and Services agreeing to a non-infringement finding.

Indacon’s patent is directed to a system handling, managing and manipulating files in a database, particularly hyperlinks.

According to Indacon’s original complaint filed at the district court in 2010, Facebook infringed its patent by incorporating linking systems and database searches through its social media platform.

Judge Garcia, however, asserted a claim construction that led Facebook and Indacon to agree to a non-infringement finding, which Judge Garcia finalised.

But Idacon decided to appeal against Judge Garcia’s claim construction of several terms. In its 6 June decision, the Federal Circuit ruled that the district court “correctly construed” the disputed claim terms.

“We find no error in the district court’s constructions of ‘alias’, ‘custom link’, ‘custom linking relationship’ and ‘link term’. As such, we affirm the judgement of non-infringement,” the Federal Circuit ruled.

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