Federal Circuit Finds Dropbox Patent Claims Abstract and Patent-Ineligible

    Private: Amanda Doran

    On June 19, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California decision in the matter of Dropbox, Inc., Orcinus Holdings, LLC, v. Synchronoss Technologies, Inc., in which the patents asserted by file hosting provider Dropbox were ruled patent-ineligible because the claims were abstract and related to conventional techniques and generalized steps.

    The patents in dispute were directed to data security and encryption, data transfer connection synchronization, and mobile network data downloads.

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