Palomar Fails To Get Past Alice In Manufacturing Patent Suit

Law360 (May 28, 2020, 9:53 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday threw out Palomar Technologies Inc.'s lawsuit accusing rival MRSI Systems LLC of infringing its manufacturing patent, concluding there is "dramatically less to the claimed invention than meets the eye."

In a 26-page order, U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV ruled that Palomar's patent for high-precision manufacturing was invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling, which holds that abstract ideas are ineligible for patent protection absent an added inventive concept.

Palomar had argued that its patent claimed a way to solve the technical issue of accurately picking and placing workpieces in chip manufacturing. But the...

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