Comcast Cable Communications, LLC et al v. Sprint Communications Company LP et al, 2-12-cv-00859 (PAED August 25, 2016, Order) (Dubois, SJ)
Friday, September 9, 2016
Cellular Network Messaging Patent Not Ineligible Under 35 U.S.C. § 101
The court denied defendant's motion for summary judgment that the asserted claims of plaintiff’s cellular network messaging patent encompassed unpatentable subject matter because the asserted claims were not directed toward an abstract idea. "[T]he asserted claims in the [patent] are not directed to an abstract idea, but rather implement a specific improvement in cellular networking. . . . [T]he [patent] is not directed to the abstract idea of determining information about something and taking action in response. The [patent] solves a problem that is created by the design of cellular networks, specifically the use of dynamic addresses for wireless terminals and the allocation of information inside and outside the cellular network. The [patent] claims a method of sending an inquiry between two different network elements, and the abstract idea 'matching identifiers to retrieve information' is only part of the method."