Thursday, July 30, 2015

Emergency Call Analysis Patent Invalid Under 35 USC § 101

The court granted defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiff's infringement claims because plaintiff's emergency call system patent was invalid for lack of patentable subject matter and found that the claims were directed toward an abstract idea. "[T]he Patent and its representative claims describe a computerized system of tracking and aggregating caller information. This is essentially the abstract idea of organizing phone call data. . . . [I]t is a longstanding practice, one that can be performed by a human, to take account of phone calls, where they might be coming from, and to use that data accordingly."

Boar's Head Corporation v. DirectApps, Inc. et al, 2-14-cv-01927 (CAED July 28, 2015, Order) (Mueller, J.)

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