Arizona Judge Invalidates Data Sale Patent Under Alice

By Dani Kass (November 2, 2021, 5:32 PM EDT) -- An Arizona federal judge has held that a patent directed to selling customer data is invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling, as it covers an information exchange that predates the Civil War.

U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes granted USADATA Inc.'s motion on the pleadings invaliding DataWidget LLC's patent — which is licensed to E-Printwerx International — in an opinion signed Friday but docketed Monday.

DataWidget's patent more specifically covers a system of "searching and purchasing data" from a seller, which involves an ecommerce vendor, data seller and an extraction widget.

As an example, the patent says if a...

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