O2 Media, LLC v. Narrative Science Inc.

O2 Media, LLC v. Narrative Science Inc., No. 15-cv-05129 (Tharp, J.) (N.D. Ill. Feb. 25, 2016)

Patent(s):

  • 7,856,390 | Entitled, “System, Report, and Method for Generating Natural Language News-Based Stories”
  • 8,494,944 | Entitled, “System, Report, and Method for Generating Natural Language News-Based Stories”
  • 8,676,691 | Entitled, “System, Report, and Method for Generating Natural Language News-Based Stories” 

Disposition:

Motion to dismiss granted. 

Abstract Idea:

Yes.

Something More:

No.

Technology:

System and method for automatically generating a series of natural language news-based stories to be presented via a digital interface or printed publication. 

Summary:

The parties are in the business of creating web content related to the financial sector. The court characterized the system as “an automated system that retrieves selected financial data from the Internet, analyzes and organizes that data, and produces an output file consisting either of a report recommending specific transactions or a natural language news story reporting and analyzing the relevant data.” The court relied on patentee’s concession that it was “not claiming the software that converts the data into a ‘strategy report’ or ‘natural language news story’ (or any of the intermediate steps necessary to do so)” Instead, the court found that patentee had conceded that “the patent covered only the idea of filtering selected financial data into these formats.” Accordingly, the court found that culling pertinent data from sources and presenting that data in a useful format is about as generic and abstract a process as can be imagined.