February 5, 2015In the News

Michael Best mentioned in “Hypothesis-Testing Patents Killed by Alice, Judge Rules"


A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday invalidated three EngineRoom LLC patents for an automated method of testing scientific hypotheses because they claim nothing more than an abstract idea under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling, a win for rival business software developer Minitab Inc., which challenged the patents' validity. 

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III granted Minitab's bid for summary judgment, ruling that three patents assigned to EngineRoom — U.S. Patent Numbers 8,046,190; 8,050,888 and 8,370,107 — disclose ineligible subject matter and are invalid under section 101 of the Patent Act, which prohibits patents on abstract ideas.

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