Friday, January 20, 2012

Patent Directed to Method for Categorizing Web Pages Not Invalid for Claiming Unpatentable Subject Matter

The court denied defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings that plaintiff's internet search method patent was invalid for claiming unpatentable subject matter. "[Defendant] argues that 'the claims of the patent do nothing more than recite an abstract idea [because when viewed] in their best light, the claims of the [patent-in-suit] are directed at the idea of categorizing a ‘network page’ by the page’s copyright status and whether the page is related to ‘transacting business’ or ‘providing information’ and then controlling access to the network page based on its characterizations.' However, [defendant] has not shown under the applicable 'clearly established' standard of Rule 12(c) that the concepts embodied in the [patent] are 'so manifestly abstract as to override the statutory language of Section 101.'"

IconFind, Inc. v. Google, Inc., 2-11-cv-00319 (CAED January 18, 2012, Order) (Burrell, J.)

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