Judge Koh Tosses 2 More Twilio Patents Under Alice

Law360, Los Angeles (April 18, 2017, 5:17 PM EDT) -- U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh unraveled two more of Twilio's patents related to combating telephone fraud, ruling in a California federal court Monday that the asserted claims were abstract under Alice because they describe activities long performed by humans.

The judge determined that the claims at issue in Twilio Inc.'s U.S. Patent Numbers 8,738,051 and 9,226,217 were unpatentable under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, in which the high court held that abstract ideas implemented through a computer are patent-ineligible under Section 101 of the Patent Act, according to Monday's ruling.

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