Iron Gate Security, Inc. v. Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Iron Gate Security, Inc. v. Lowe's Companies, Inc., No. 1-15-cv-08814 (Forrest, D.J.) (D. N.J. Aug. 3, 2016) 


  • 7,203,693 | Entitled “Instantly indexed databases for multimedia content analysis and retrieval”


Denial of Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss for ineligible subject matter under § 101.

Abstract Idea:


Something More:



Indexing multimedia data based on motion associated with a person or object.


The court found the claims are not directed to an abstract idea but instead are directed to “particular improvements over prior art multimedia data indexing techniques that render such data accessible in real time.” The court noted that without a factual record it could not conclude that the claims could be wholly performed by the human mind. The court found the defendant’s challenge of the inventiveness amounted to a challenge of the novelty of that invention instead. The court also found that the fact that the prior art received patent protection was suggestive of the patentability of the claims here.