Fed. Circ. Cites Alice, Says Image Patent An Abstract Idea

Law360, New York (July 11, 2014, 8:24 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court's ruling that a digital image processing patent asserted against companies including Xerox Corp. and Fujifilm Corp. is a patent-ineligible abstract idea, citing the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Alice Corp. decision.

The patent asserted by Digitech Image Technologies LLC covers methods of reducing distortion in digital image processing, but the Federal Circuit held that the patent merely describes a process of organizing information through mathematical correlations.

The court pointed to the high court's June ruling in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, which held that fundamental concepts, by themselves, are abstract...

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