Menu Patent In Case Against Domino’s, Others Axed By Alice

Law360 (September 27, 2018, 5:58 PM EDT) -- The week before a series of trials were set to begin, a California federal judge has ruled that an online menu patent asserted against Domino’s Pizza Inc. and dozens of other restaurant, hotel and online ordering companies is invalid under Alice for claiming only abstract ideas.

In a decision Tuesday, Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California granted Domino’s motion for summary judgment that Ameranth Inc.’s patent on Web-based ordering technology is invalid because it covers patent-ineligible subject matter. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board previously denied several petitions challenging the patent.

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