Mitchell International, Inc. v. Audatex North America, Inc.

Mitchell International, Inc. v. Audatex North America, Inc., CBM2014-00171, CBM2014-00173, and CBM2014-00174  (Green, Saindon, and Boucher, APJ)(Feb. 19, 2016)

Patent(s):

  • 8,468,038 | Entitled “System and Method for Processing Work Products for Vehicles via the World Wide Web” 
  • 8,200,513 | Entitled “System and Method for Processing Work Products for Vehicles via the World Wide Web” 
  • 7,912,740 | Entitled “System and Method for Processing Work Products for Vehicles via the World Wide Web” 

Disposition:

Final written decision invalidating claims

Abstract Idea:

Yes

Something More:

No

Technology:

Method and system for entering data relating to an insurance claim for a damaged vehicle.

Summary: 

In its final written decisions for each of the patents, the panel found the claims are directed to fundamental concept of “providing a vehicle valuation using information about the vehicle” and associated calculations that can be performed by the human mind.  The panel did not find any added inventive elements, noting that “[w]hen the claims are analyzed as a whole … the claims recite nothing more than the collection of information to generate a valuation report for a damaged vehicle.”