Sound View Innovations, LLC v. Hulu, LLC, 2-17-cv-04146 (CACD April 11, 2018, Order) (Kronstadt, USDJ)
Friday, April 13, 2018
Questions of Fact Concerning Inventive Concept Preclude Dismissal for Invalidity Under 35 U.S.C. § 101
The court denied without prejudice defendant's motion to dismiss because plaintiff sufficiently pleaded that the asserted claims of its data organization patent encompassed patentable subject matter and that the claims did not lack an inventive concept. "Plaintiff contends that the [patent] solves a computer-specific problem by asking 'when a version should be deleted, not when it can be deleted.'. . . The statements in the specification, the allegations in the FAC and the language of Claim 8 . . . show that the FAC sufficiently alleges that deleting data in response to the combination of a particular time stamp and a measureable characteristic, 'thereby to increase a capacity of said memory' shows an inventive concept to the claims. Whether this recitation reflects a protectable, inventive concept is a question of fact."