Federal Circuit Finds Patent Claims Directed Towards Communication System Not Abstract

    On April 30, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s decision to grant LG’s motion to dismiss in the patent dispute between Uniloc USA, Inc. and LG Electronics USA, Inc.

    The district court initially granted LG’s motion, finding that Uniloc’s asserted claims are directed to an abstract idea of “additional polling in a wireless communication system.” However, CAFC found that Uniloc’s software patent claims are not abstract because they focus on “a specific improvement to computer functionality,” particularly “the reduction of response time by peripheral devices.”

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