35 U.S.C. §101 : CAFC Alert

Claims Directed to the Abstract Idea of Encoding/Decoding Image Data are Found Not Patent Eligible

Bill Schertler | May 22, 2017

RecogniCorp v. Nintendo

April 28, 2017

Before Lourie, Reyna and Stoll.  Opinion by Reyna.

Summary:

RecogniCorp sued Nintendo in district court for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 8,005,303 (“ the ‘303 patent”) directed to a method and apparatus for encoding/decoding image data.  Nintendo filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings, asserting that the claims were ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §101.  The district court concluded that RecogniCorp’s claims failed the Alice test, and granted Nintendo’s motion.  On appeal, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed, finding that the ‘303 patent’s claims are directed to the abstract idea of encoding and decoding image data, and the claims do not contain an inventive concept sufficient to render the claims patent eligible.


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Another fatality attributed to 35 U.S.C. §101 abstract idea

Bill Schertler | August 5, 2016

Electric Power Group, LLC v Alstom

August 1, 2016

Before: Taranto, Bryson and Stoll.  Opinion by Taranto.

Summary:

Electric Power Group sued Alstom alleging infringement of various claims of U.S. Patents Nos. 7,233,843; 8,060,259; and 8,401,710 directed to systems and methods for performing real-time performance monitoring of an electric power grid.  On Alstom’s motion for summary judgment, the district court held that Electric Power Group’s asserted patent claims fail the standard for patent eligibility under §101.  The CAFC affirmed finding the claims don’t go beyond the abstract idea of the collection, analysis, and display of available information in a particular field.


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In the wake of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, the Federal Circuit strikes down another patentee’s claims for reciting patent ineligible abstract idea

Bill Schertler | August 18, 2014

Digitech Image Technologies v. Electronics For Imaging, Inc.

July 11, 2014

Panel: Moore, Reyna, Hughes. Opinion by Reyna.

Summary

Digitech is the assignee of U.S. Patent No. 6,128,415 (the ‘415 patent) directed to a device profile for a digital image reproduction system and a method of generating a device profile in a digital image reproduction system.  Digitech sued 32 defendants for infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  Several defendants filed summary judgment motions seeking to invalidate the asserted claims of the ‘415 patent under 35 U.S.C. §101.  The district court granted the defendants’ motions and found all of the asserted claims to be subject matter ineligible.  On appeal, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed.


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