Fed. Circ. Rules Database Patents Correctly Axed Under Alice

By Matthew Bultman (August 15, 2018, 6:26 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Wednesday ruled three indexing software patents that BuySeasons Inc. was accused of infringing are invalid for claiming nothing more than an abstract idea, upholding a ruling from a judge in the Eastern District of Texas.

The appeals court, in a precedential opinion, found U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III correctly granted BuySeasons summary judgment that each of the asserted claims in Plano, Texas-based BSG Tech LLC's patents are invalid.

The patents, which cover a "self-evolving generic index" for organizing information stored in a database, fall under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling that abstract ideas implemented using...

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