January 8, 2019

Federal Circuit Court Decisions For Week Ending December 21, 2018

Glasswall Solutions Limited v. Clearswift Ltd., No. 2018-1407 (Dec. 20, 2018) (non-precedential); U.S. Patent Nos. 8,869,283; 9,516,045

Key point(s):

  • Claims written in wholly functional terms requiring only generic computer-implemented steps and failing to include a non-abstract improvement in computer functionality are patent-ineligible subject matter.

Vivint, Inc. v. Alarm.com Inc., Nos. 2017-2218, -2219, -2220, -2260, -2261, -2262 (Dec. 20, 2018) (non-precedential); U.S. Patent Nos. 6,147,601; 6,462,654; 6,535,123

Key point(s):

  • Broadest reasonable interpretation must be reasonable in light of the claims and specification.
  • Obviousness concerns whether a skilled artisan not only could have made but would have been motivated to make the combination or modifications of prior art to arrive at the claimed invention.

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