MyMail Patents for Updating Toolbar Database Without User Intervention Ruled Invalid

    On remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California again found email management mobile application company MyMail’s patent invalid on June 18, 2020.

    The disputed patent relates to a method of using a toolbar database and server to send updates to internet connected devices without user interaction. The Court argued that MyMail had not properly or fully explained how the patent was a “specific implementation of a solution to a problem in the prior art” and that the Pinger process and MOT script used to update the toolbar database did not act as an inventive concept, because they merely utilize “generic components in a conventional manner.”

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