Petition for Covered Business Method Patent Review by Motorola Mobility LLC, CBM2015-00004 (PTAB March 21, 2016, Order) (Kauffman, APJ)
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Electronic Content Distribution Patent Unpatentable Under 35 U.S.C. § 101
In a final written decision, the Board found claims of an electronic content distribution patent unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101. "The ’464 patent describes that electronic publications were commonly replicated in computer-readable form on magnetic or optical storage diskettes and distributed to retails stores or by direct mail sales. Thus, the concept of distributing electronic information products (content) was known prior to the ’464 patent. Further, we agree with Petitioner that distribution of publications (versus electronic publications), has long been known. . . . . [W]e determine that the claims are directed to the abstract concept of distributing electronic content, or more specifically, to selecting, transporting, storing, and displaying electronic content."