Alice Wrecks Claims In Open Text's Patents, Box Says

Law360, San Francisco (January 14, 2015, 8:53 PM EST) -- Cloud-storage company Box Inc. urged a California federal judge on Wednesday to rule that certain claims of several Open Text SA collaboration software patents that Box allegedly infringed are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling because they simply computerize an abstract concept.

Box's attorney John Bovich of Reed Smith LLP argued that the claims on Open Text's "Groupware" patents, which describe ways for project collaborators to share an online workspace, don't do more than take information-sharing tasks that could be performed by humans and translate them into a computer process.

"The Groupware patents lack the requisite inventive concept," Bovich...

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