U.S. Supreme Court rejects American Axle case on patent eligibility

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By Blake Brittain WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear American Axle & Manufacturing Inc’s bid to revive its patent on technology for quieting driveshaft noise, turning away a case that may have clarified the circumstances under which inventions warrant a patent. The justices rejected American Axle’s appeal of a lower court ruling that invalidated the Detroit-based company’s patent in a legal fight with Farmington Hills, Michigan-based rival Neapco Holdings. Critics have said court precedent on patent eligibility has produced unpredictable decisions and un…

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