Twilio Gets TeleSign Authentication Patents Axed Under Alice

Law360 (October 23, 2018, 4:08 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has invalidated four patents on two-factor authentication technology for websites that TeleSign Corp. accused rival Twilio Inc. of infringing, ruling that the patents claim nothing more than abstract ideas.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria on Friday granted Twilio's motion for judgment on the pleadings that TeleSign's patents cover patent-ineligible subject matter under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision.

The case began in 2015, when TeleSign, which provides two-factor authentication security services for the websites of many major companies, accused Twilio, which provide technology that allows users to make phone calls and send text messages through websites and...

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