The 30 August order found patent 8,095,593, protecting a method for managing electronic information, the related user terminal and the related information source, invalid under the Alice Corp vs CLS Bank decision.
Sound View, a patent licensing company, filed the lawsuit earlier this year, claiming that Facebook infringed seven of its patents relating to management of data and other web-based technologies including a “method and apparatus providing a web based messaging system”.
Judge Richard Andrews of the US District Court for the District of Delaware said in the decision: “The asserted claims of the patent thus are directed to the concept of offering more meaningful information to an individual based on his own preferences and the preferences of a group of people with whom he is in pre-defined relationships.”
“The claimed concept is abstract ... the asserted claims of the patent are directed to patent ineligible matter.”
The remaining six patents have not yet been ruled on.