Last Friday, our North America editor Richard Lloyd named his top 10 most important US patent stories of 2014. Squeezing in at number 10 was the CAFC’s decision in the IP/Engine v Google, AOL et al case, in which NPE Vringo saw patents it had asserted against the defendants ruled invalid by a CAFC panel on a 2-1 majority, despite these being upheld in the original jury trial and after a number re-examinations at the USPTO.

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