Intellectual Ventures I LLC. V. Ricoh Americas Corp., et. al.

Intellectual Ventures I LLC. V. Ricoh Americas Corp., et. al., C.A. 13-474-SLR (D. Del. March 22, 2016)

Patent(s):    

6,130,761 | Entitled “Image scanning method”

Disposition:               

Rule 12(c) Motion to Dismiss is denied. 

Abstract Idea:

No

Something More:

Yes

Technology:              

An image scanning method for a scanner that can improve the image scanning rate. 

Summary:                 

The Court found that the “asserted claims include steps for determining the parameters (which meet a certain mathematical formula) and applying such parameters to operate a scanner. Alice, 134 S.Ct. at 2354 (“[A]n invention is not rendered ineligible for patent simply because it involves an abstract concept.”). As a result, they did not seek to claim an abstract idea. Additionally, even if they were directed at an abstract idea, the claim limitations “are of sufficient specificity and describe ‘how’ the particular method operates the scanner, thereby disclosing an ‘inventive concept.’”