Dish Gets PTAB To Nix 2 Data Patents Under Alice

Law360 (July 26, 2018, 7:19 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday invalidated two patents covering digital management systems that were challenged by Dish Network, saying the claims in both patents were directed to the abstract idea of delivering certain data to users.

The PTAB ruled in separate America Invents Act covered business method reviews that Customedia Technologies LLC’s patents were invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling, concluding that U.S. Patent Numbers 7,840,437 and 9,053,494 B2 were directed to nothing more than the abstract ideas of delivering “rented audio/video electronic content” and “targeted advertising” to users, respectively.

Dish Network Corp. had requested the...

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