PalTalk Holdings, Inc. v. Riot Games, Inc.

PalTalk Holdings, Inc. v. Riot Games, Inc., 1-16-cv-01240 (D. Del., May 15, 2017)

Patent(s):

  • 5,822,523 | Entitled “Server-Group Messaging System for Interactive Applications”
  • 6,226,686 | Entitled “Server-Group Messaging System for Interactive Applications”

Disposition:               

Denial of Motion to Dismiss under FRCP 12(b)(6)

Abstract Idea:

No

Something More:

N/A

Technology:              

Distribution of messages between computers in interactive environments

Summary:                 

Defendant argued the claims of the patents-in-suit were directed to an abstract idea, stating that the asserted patents bore similarities to the claims of an unrelated but previously invalidated patent. The invalidated patent was directed to the abstract idea of implementing “post office functionality” via a computer, with support for the “post office functionality” found in the specification. The Court, however, distinguished the present case, finding that there could be no such comparison made between the patents-in-suit and post office functionalities performed on a computer. Instead, as Plaintiff contended, the claims were directed to a “technical solution to a technical problem.” Because Defendant failed to carry its burden to prove that the claims were directed toward an abstract idea, the motion to dismiss was denied.