Secured Mail Solutions LLC v. Universal Wilde, Inc.

Secured Mail Solutions LLC v. Universal Wilde, Inc., No. 15-cv-00682 (Carter, M.J.) (C.D. Cal. Feb. 16, 2016)

Patent(s):                   

  • 7,814,032 | Entitled, “Device, System and Method for Remotely Entering, Storing, and Sharing Addresses for a Positional Information Device”
  • 7,818,268 | Entitled, “System and Method for Mail Verification”
  • 8,073,787 |  Entitled, “System and Method for Mail Verification”
  • 8,260,629 | Entitled, “System and Method for Providing an Advertisement to a Recipient of a Physical Mail Object”
  • 8,429,093 | Entitled, “System and Method for Providing Information to a Recipient of a Physical Mail Object”
  • 8,910,860 | Entitled, “System and Method for Providing Information to a Recipient of a Physical Mail Object”
  • 9,105,002 | Entitled, “System and Method for Providing Information to a Recipient of a Physical Mail Object”

Disposition:  

Motion to dismiss granted.

Abstract Idea:

Yes

Something More:

No

Technology:   

Barcodes and QR codes on mail used for various purposes, such as advertising.

Summary:

The Court determined that the claims were directed to the abstract idea of communicating information about a mailpiece by use of a marking on the mail’s packaging. In doing so, it held “that attaching “mail ID data” to a piece of mail …by using a barcode - that transmits information about that piece of mail to a recipient is directed to the abstract idea of communicating information associated with a mailpiece by use of a marking.”  The court further noted that the claims only cited generic computer hardware to accomplish the claimed invention.  Further, the generation of unique, sender-generated identifiers did not add inventive concepts to the patent as they were nothing more than the result of combining four pieces of data associated with all pieces of mail (mail id code, sender data, recipient data, and shipping method information).