September 24, 2019

We Have a Jury Verdict on Patent Eligibility

Holland & Knight Section 101 Blog
Anthony J. Fuga

The Berkheimer effect is real and may be a lifeline for a plaintiff to survive a motion to dismiss or summary judgment. But at some point, those genuine disputes of material fact will be put to a jury.

Judge Rodney Gilstrap (E.D. Texas) did just that. In PPS Data, LLC v. Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., the court refused to invalidate the asserted claims on summary judgment in light of Berkheimer, and wrote that "there are genuine disputes of material fact with respect to whether the claim limitations involve more than performance of  'well-understood, routine, and conventional activities previously known to the industry.'"

The inquiry was eventually put to the jury, which found that the asserted claims "ONLY involve activities that were well-understood, routine, and conventional as of  the priority date."

Jury Verdict on Patent Eligibility

Judge Gilstrap, accordingly, issued a final judgment finding that the asserted claims are invalid for being directed to patent-ineligible subject matter.

(h/t Dennis Crouch at Patently-O)

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