Joao Control & Monitoring Systems, LLC v. Telular Corporation

Joao Control & Monitoring Systems, LLC v. Telular Corporation, C.A. 14-9852 (N.D. Ill, March 23, 2016)

Patent(s):    

  • 6,587,046 | Entitled “Monitoring Apparatus and Method.”
  • 7,397,363 | Entitled “Control and/or Monitoring Apparatus and Method.”

Disposition:               

Rule 12(c) Motion is granted. 

Abstract Idea:

Yes

Something More:

No

Technology:              

Methods and system for monitoring and controlling property remotely through a computer network and the internet. 

Summary:                 

The Court found that both patents were directed at the abstract idea of monitoring and controlling property and communicating this information through generic computer functions. The surveillance of property is a well-known concept that humans have always performed. Likewise, controlling equipment is a well-known concept. Additionally, the claims were directed at communications and processing devices that were performing basic computing functions of receiving, processing, and transmitting information. The claims were devoid of the use of unconventional software or computer equipment with special capabilities that can improve the function of the computer itself. In sum, the patents describe systems “allowing for the abstract idea of monitoring and controlling property to be performed remotely or more efficiently, but the descriptions do not impose a meaningful limit on the scope of the claim.”