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Automated Home Entry Patent Ineligible for Protection (2)

Nov. 2, 2018, 3:28 PMUpdated: Nov. 2, 2018, 8:52 PM

Technology that lets prospective home buyers tour a property without an agent isn’t protected under patent law because it relates to an abstract idea, a federal court has ruled.

The decision highlights the difficulties owners of software-related inventions face in overcoming patent eligibility challenges.

Plaintiff Consumer 2.0 Inc. alleged that Tenant Turner Inc. infringed U.S. Patent 9,875,590, which describes a system where users can gain automated entry to a property by entering a code into a lock box.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled Nov. 1 that automating the system by which real estate...

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