Judge Nixes Sports Photo Patents As Abstract Under Alice

Law360, New York (October 30, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has invalidated three patents on computerized methods of cataloging photos of participants in marathons and other sporting events, finding that they claim nothing more than an abstract idea under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice Corp. decision.

U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder on Tuesday granted judgment on the pleadings to Capstone Photography Inc., a small sports photography business based in Connecticut, in an infringement suit brought by Peter Wolf, president of PhotoCrazy Inc., a California event photography company. The ruling is the latest in a string of recent decisions using the Alice decision to invalidate computer-related patents....

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