INTERVAL LICENSING LLC V. AOL, INC.
- Jul 23 2018 |
- Category: CAFC Updates
The District Court determined that claims 15–18 of U.S. Patent No. 6,034,652 (relating to the operation of an “attention manager” that makes use of unused capacity of a display device, by displaying content in that unused capacity) fail to recite patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The CAFC affirms, concluding that the claims are directed to an abstract idea and that, considered as a whole, the claims fail under § 101’s abstract idea exception because they lack any arguable technical advance over conventional computer and network technology for performing the recited functions of acquiring and displaying information. Judge Plager concurs-in-part and dissents-in-part.