02 September 2016
Reporter: Barney Dixon
Facebook wins patent validity challenge
Facebook has won an early victory in its challenge of seven patents asserted by Sound View Innovations.

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.

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