CORRECTED: Jawbone Patents Ineligible Under Alice, ITC Judge Says

Law360, Los Angeles (March 4, 2016, 8:56 PM EST) -- A U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Thursday dealt a blow to wearable fitness device maker Jawbone in its sprawling feud with rival Fitbit, ruling that two Jawbone patents covered ineligible subject matter under the Supreme Court’s Alice decision.

In an initial determination granting Fitbit Inc.’s motion for summary determination, Administrative Law Judge Dee Lord determined that U.S. Patent Nos. 8,398,546 and 8,446,275 were ineligible for claiming abstract ideas as iterated in the high court’s 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International.

Fitbit said the patents merely recited abstract concepts aided by a generic computing device and that the...

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