AT&T Beats Bascom Suit Over Online Filtering Patent

Law360, New York (May 15, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT) -- A Bascom patent for a method for filtering Internet content proved to be too abstract for a Texas federal judge, who granted AT&T Corp.'s motion to dismiss the infringement claim on Friday.

The claims of the patent filed by Bascom Global Internet Services Inc. do not recite a sufficiently inventive concept to make them much more than an attempt to monopolize the abstract idea itself, U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn ruled.

While filtering Internet content can be a necessary and important tool for employers and for parents, Bascom's patent, U.S. Patent No. 5,987,606, consists of little more than routine additional...

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