The court granted in part defendant's motion for summary judgment of indefiniteness as to plaintiff's data storage patent to the extent it claimed a "means for creating a vertical partition for each and every column of the database table . . . " "Given the narrowly recited function of 'creating a vertical partition for each and every column of the database table, each vertical partition having data values for only a single column of the database table,' the broad disclosure of a 'table-level object' and the function it performs is not sufficient algorithmic structure. The disclosure of a 'table-level object' fails to identify the data structures and methods that act on those structures. The specification merely provides a non-specific reference to a software tool and fails to disclose the algorithm being executed to break down the data."
Sybase, Inc. v. Vertica Systems, Inc., 6-08-cv-00024 (TXED May 13, 2010, Memorandum Opinion & Order) (Davis, J.)