Skype and eBay Win Appeal in Patent Case
Robert Miller is Skype’s General Counsel.
On October 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Skype and eBay affirming a judgment from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas finding that two patents asserted against Skype and eBay are invalid.
The case was filed two years ago by Peer Communications Corp., a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp. Peer alleged that Skype’s Internet communications product infringed two of its patents relating to a peer-to-peer communications network.
The case reached the Federal Circuit after the district court ruled favorably for Skype and eBay on a key claim construction term, which then led to a judgment of invalidity on both of Peer’s patents.
“We applaud the Federal Circuit’s ruling,” said Robert Miller, Skype’s General Counsel. “We will always fight against allegations of patent infringement that lack merit and protect Skype’s interests to the full extent necessary.”
Irell & Manella LLP represented eBay and Skype and Andrei Iancu of Irell argued at the appeal. The law firms of Susman Godfrey LLP and Friedman, Suder & Cooke represented Peer.