Zappos Escapes Automated Email Reminder Patent Suit

Law360, Washington (November 13, 2013, 8:06 PM EST) -- Inc. subsidiary Zappos IP Inc. on Wednesday escaped a suit accusing it of infringing a “machine event” patent with its automated purchase reminder emails, after a Delaware federal judge ruled the concept underpinning the patent was too abstract to be patented.

According to U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews, Ubicomm LLC's patent — U.S. Patent Number 5,603,054, titled “Method For Triggering Selected Machine Event When The Triggering Conditions Of An Identified User Are Perceived” — was an ineligible attempt to patent an abstract idea....
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