Meetrix IP, LLC v. Citrix Systems, Inc., et al, 1-16-cv-01033 (TXWD July 27, 2017, Order) (Yeakel, USDJ)
Monday, July 31, 2017
Patents for Audio and Video Telecommunications Over a Hybrid Secured Network Not Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101
The court denied defendants' motion to dismiss on the ground that plaintiff’s patents for audio and video telecommunications over a hybrid secured network encompassed unpatentable subject matter because the asserted claims were not directed toward an abstract idea. "[Plaintiff's] claims involve an unconventional technological solution (mixing media over hybrid networks) to a technological problem (transporting audio and video data together over low bit-rate networks). The solution includes the use of generic components. . . . However, the claims' limitations necessarily work together to operate in an unconventional manner to provide an inventive system and process to improve the collaboration of audio and video telecommunications. Therefore, the court concludes that [plaintiff's] claims direct a 'combination of elements that is sufficient to ensure that the patent in practice amounts to significantly more than a patent upon the ineligible concept itself.'"