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Patent-Eligibility of Auction Claims Is Never a Good Bet After Alice

Patent claims directed to a “method of hosting a computer-based auction over the internet” were held invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in Advanced Auctions LLC v. eBay, Inc., No. 13CV1612 BEN (JLB) (S.D. Cal., March 26, 2015). The court found the patent claims directed to “the abstract idea of an auction and the generic […]

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Internet Auction Claims Held Not Patent-Eligible

Patent claims directed to a two-mode computer-based Internet auction have been held patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101, and a motion for judgment on the pleadings under FRCP 12(c) was accordingly granted in Advanced Auctions LLC v. Ebay Inc., No. 13CV1612 BEN (JLB) (S.D. Cal Mar. 27, 2015). According to United States Patent No. 8,266,000, […]

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Internet Sales Processing Claims Held Patent-Ineligible

Patent claims directed to a sales processing system for conducting Internet business transactions were held patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Consequently, the court in Priceplay.com, Inc. v. AOL Adver., Inc., No. 14-92-RGA (D. Del. Mar. 18, 2015), granted the defendant’s FRCP 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss with regard to all claims of United States Patent […]

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Motion for Patent-Ineligibility of Modem Communications Software Denied

A court has declined at the pleadings stage to hold patent-ineligible, under 35 U.S.C. § 101, patent claims directed to software controlling communications between a user modem and a telephone company modem. The court in Modern Telecom Sys. LLC v. Juno Online Servs., Case No. SA CV 14-0348-DOC (ANx) (C.D. Cal. Mar. 17, 2015), denied […]

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Attorneys’ Fees Awarded in Patent Case Under Octane Fitness Standard

Discovery abuse and a reversal in an inventor’s trial testimony made for an exceptional case under 35 U.S.C. § 285, and therefore warranted an award of attorneys’ fees against a losing plaintiff in Digital Reg of Texas, LLC v. Adobe Systems Inc., Case No. 4:12-cv-01971-CW (N.D. Cal. Mar. 9, 2015). This case provides an example […]

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Patent Claims to Dynamic Pricing Held Not Patent-Eligible (Again)

A Delaware district judge has adopted a magistrate’s recommendation to hold patent-ineligible claims directed to dynamically pricing a transaction, and dynamically providing product upgrade options to a customer. Tenon & Groove LLC v. Plusgrade SEC, No. 1:12-cv-01118 (D. Del. March 11, 2015). The patents-in-suit were U.S. Patent Nos. 7,418,409 and 8,145,536. In a reminder to […]

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Another Roundup of District Court Section 101 Patent-Eligibility Decisions

District courts continue to consider patent-eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 at the pleadings stage of patent cases.  The following three decisions all came on motions made under FRCP 12.  Two of the motions were granted, and one was dismissed without prejudice as premature. StoneEagle Servs. V. Pay-Plus Solutions, Inc., Case No. 8:13-cv-2240-T-33MAP (M.D. Fla. […]

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Courts Hold Three Out of Four Patents Invalid Under 35 U.S.C § 101

I do not warrant the accuracy of the title of this post, which is based on anecdotally collected and reviewed data.  It is nonetheless instructive that, in cases I located after a fairly through search, an overwhelming majority of patents facing patent-eligibility challenges in federal courts since my last blog post on the subject, i.e., […]

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“Transaction Security Apparatus” Held Not Patent-Eligible

Patent claims directed to securing banking transactions carried out over the Internet were held patent-ineligible in Joao Bock Transaction Sys. v. Jack Henry & Assocs., Civ. No. 12-1138-SLR (D. Del. Dec. 15, 2014).  Finding that the claims were directed to an “abstract idea” with no additional innovation, the court granted the Defendant’s motion for summary […]

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Internet Business Method Claims Are and Are Not Patent-Eligible, Says Federal Circuit

A Federal Circuit panel has found that patent claims directed to managing the look and feel of e-commerce web pages are patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com, L.P., No. 2013-1505 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 5, 2014). The majority opinion was authored by Judge Chen, and joined by Judge Wallach. Judge Mayer […]

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