Tuesday, October 25, 2022

IBM loses in Zillow case

The outcome:

International Business Machines Corporation sued Zillow Group, Inc. and Zillow, Inc. for infringement of several patents related to graphical display technology. The district court granted Zillow’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, concluding that two of the asserted patents claimed ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Because we agree that the patents are directed to abstract ideas and lack an inventive concept, we affirm.

We agree that the claims here fail to “recite any assertedly inventive technology for improving computers as tools,” Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc., 896 F.3d 1335, 1344 (Fed. Cir. 2018), and are instead directed to “an abstract idea for which computers are invoked merely as a tool,” TecSec, 978 F.3d at 1293


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