Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Seven Signal Processing Patents Invalid Under 35 USC §101

The court granted defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings that plaintiff's seven signal processing patents were invalid for lack of patentable subject matter and found that the claims were directed toward abstract ideas. "I find that [one of the patents-in-suit] is directed to the abstract idea of using personal information to create a customized presentation. Creating a coordinated presentation using user-specific information is similar to a claim recently held patent-ineligible by the Federal Circuit. The patent at issue there related to 'customizing webpage content as a function of navigation history and information known about the user.'. . . The abstract idea here is the same: it customizes a mass media program . . . using stored personal information."

Personalized Media Communications LLC v. Inc. et al, 1-13-cv-01608 (DED August 10, 2015, Order) (Andrews, J.)

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