Fed. Circ. Affirms DietGoal Patent Is An Abstract Idea

Law360, New York (April 8, 2015, 4:45 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive a diet planning company's suit accusing the Bravo TV channel of violating a meal planning patent, upholding a Texas federal judge's conclusion the patent claimed an abstract idea under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice standard.

In a one-sentence judgment, a three-judge panel unanimously rejected DietGoal Innovations LLC's argument on appeal that U.S. Patent No. 6,585,516 had practical applications and should not be considered unpatentably broad.

The ruling affirmed a July 2014 opinion by U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer granting summary judgment to Bravo Media LLC, which owns the cable channel. The judge issued...

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