Judge Kills Electrical Monitoring Patents Under Alice

Law360, New York (July 17, 2017, 7:48 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has ruled parts of four Power Analytics Corp. patents covering software for monitoring electrical systems are invalid under the Supreme Court’s Alice test, resolving part of a patent infringement and antitrust case it brought against competitors.

In a decision Thursday, U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt granted a motion from Operation Technology Inc., which does business as ETAP, and Schneider Electric USA Inc., finding the asserted claims of four Power Analytics patents were invalid.

The patents are directed to software used to track and predict electrical systems in real time. They purport to introduce the idea of...

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