Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Promotional Games Patent Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

The court granted defendant's motion to dismiss because the asserted claims of plaintiff’s promotional games patent encompassed unpatentable subject matter and found that the claims were directed toward an abstract idea. "[T]he court finds that the concept of promotional games -- 'random drawing sweepstakes, instant win packaging, lotteries, collect & win and match & win contests' -- is an abstract idea. Though perhaps some would dispute whether such games are a 'fundamental' economic principle, there can be little doubt that they qualify as a 'longstanding commercial practice' and a 'method of organizing human activity.'. . . Promotional games are marketing tools. Though a precise definition of 'abstract idea' is deliberately elusive, in the court's view, these tools fit squarely within any understanding of the category."

Everglades Game Technologies, LLC v GSN Games, Inc. et al, 1-14-cv-00641 (DED August 21, 2015, Order) (Sleet, J.)

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