In the Matter of Certain Mobile and Portable Electronic Devices Incorporating Haptics (Including Smartphones and Laptops) and Components Thereof

In the Matter of Certain Mobile and Portable Electronic Devices Incorporating Haptics (Including Smartphones and Laptops) and Components Thereof, Inv. Nos. 337-TA-1004, 337-TA-990 (Int’l Trade Comm’n)

Patent(s):

  • 7,336,260 | Entitled “Method and apparatus for providing tactile sensations” 

Disposition:               

Denial of Motion for Summary Judgment of Invalidity

Abstract Idea:

No

Something More:

Not Reached.

Technology:              

Haptic Feedback for Mobile Devices.

Summary:                 

ALJ Bullock denied summary judgment because he found the ’260 patent did not claim an abstract idea, but rather an improvement in computer technology. The ’260 patent claims a computer implemented process for detecting pressure on an input device and providing feedback in response. ALJ Bullock found that the patent provided this solution by detecting and resolving different levels of professor and generated responsive signals utilizing appropriate hardware and processors. Thus, the patent provided sufficient explanation of the methodology and structure used such that it reflects patentable subject matter.