Thursday, June 11, 2015

OIP Technologies "Alice'd" at CAFC in Amazon case

The bottom line:

OIP Technologies alleges that infringes a
patent hat relates to a method of price optimization in an
e-commerce environment.
The district court granted
judgment on the pleadings, concluding that the patent
does not claim patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.
Because we agree with the district court that the patent-
in-suit claims
no more than an abstract idea
coupled with routine data-gathering steps and conven-
tional computer activity,
we affirm.

The CAFC noted:

The district court reasoned that without the “insignificant
computer-based limitations,” the claims merely “describe
what any business owner or economist does in calculating
a demand curve for a given product.”



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