TiVo's 'Holy Grail' Ad Patent, Two Others Ruled Invalid

Law360, Los Angeles (February 23, 2016, 12:47 AM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Monday ruled that three patents TiVo Research and Analytics Inc. has asserted against TNS Media Research LLC are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice standard, including its "holy grail" targeted-advertising patent.

Citing the Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice Corp. ruling that abstract ideas implemented using a computer are not patent-eligible, U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin granted TNS’ motion for summary judgment as to all patent claims. She decided that one of the asserted patent claims was directed toward an abstract idea and also lacked an inventive concept, and further that the claim was representative...

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