Check Processing Patent Valid Under Alice, Judge Finds

Law360, New York (November 29, 2017, 10:27 PM EST) -- A Minnesota federal judge has determined that Solutran Inc.'s check processing patent is valid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice standard and that a U.S. Bank checking procedure infringes its claims.

Because Solutran's patent covers an improved method for processing physical checks that involves both the transportation and processing of checks, its asserted claims are inventive under the high court's 2014 ruling in the Alice Corp. case, according to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's summary judgment opinion on Monday. In Alice, the justices ruled that abstract ideas implemented using a computer are not patent-eligible.

The patent covers a method and system...

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