Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Account Security Patents Invalid Under 35 USC §101

The court granted defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff's account security patents were invalid for lack of patentable subject matter and found that the claims were directed toward abstract ideas. "In its broadest form, the claims relate to account monitoring and authorization, though [defendant's] narrower formulation also accurately describes the claims. . . . [W]hile [defendant] has not presented any banking or economic textbooks outlining a long history of using account limits and notifications as a means for security, the Court has little difficulty deciding that these 'method[s] of organizing human activity' are basic commercial practices."

Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC v. Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., 3-13-cv-00223 (FLMD August 10, 2015, Order) (Corrigan, J.)

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