Technology Development and Licensing, LLC v. Comcast Corp. et. al., 08-cv-3584 (Bucklo, J.) (N.D. Ill. Jun. 19, 2017)
- Re. 35,952 | Entitled, “Television Receiver Having Memory Control for Tune—By-Label Feature”
Court granted Defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings as invalid for failure to claim patent-eligible subject matter.
Labeling television channels with names rather than numbers
The court found that the claims concerned the abstract idea of assigning labels to channels to eliminate the need for large user generated “conversion chart” to locate desired channels necessitated by the increasing number of channels available in cable and satellite TV. Court further noted that this abstract idea was implemented through routine use of a computer to perform a function previously performed manually. In doing so, it rejected multiple arguments by the plaintiff that requiring a control signal to travel through multiple channel signals imparted any inventive concept primarily because such a transmission was generally known in the art.