Lyft Says Prof's Patent For Ride-Hailing Concept Is Abstract

Law360 (March 19, 2019, 8:12 PM EDT) -- Lyft Inc. is looking to kill a patent suit by a retired professor who says he invented the concept underlying the ride-hailing business, telling a California federal court Monday that his patent only describes an abstract idea for running a taxi dispatch service using computers.

Lyft said Stephen Dickerson can't sue for infringement of his U.S. Patent No. 6,697,730, filed in 2001, because the Supreme Court's 2014 decision in Alice v. CLS Bank said abstract ideas implemented using a computer are not eligible for patents.

Dickerson's patent is "a quintessential 'do it on a computer' patent," the San Francisco-based company said....

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