Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC v. United Parcel Service, Inc., C.A. 12-CV-3222-AT (N.D. Ga. March 24, 2016)

Patent(s):    

5,786,748 | Entitled “Method and Apparatus for Giving Notification of Express Mail Delivery.”

Disposition:               

Rule 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss is granted. 

Abstract Idea:

Yes

Something More:

No

Technology:              

Method for sending messages via wireless paging devices upon delivery of express mail.

Summary:                 

The Court found that the present claims were directed at a method for notifying a customer that a package was late or that it has been delivered.  Such business practices had existed for decades and long been prevalent in commerce, and the claims offered nothing more than a recitation of a “longstanding method of organizing human activity.” Finding an abstract idea, the court noted that an inventive concept was not present in the patent.  The patent was not aiming to solve a specific technical problem related to the technology utilized in the patent. Instead, it was the implementation of the abstract idea on SMS and email messaging systems, which are ubiquitous.