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Delivery Update Technology Not Patentable, Fed. Cir. Says

May 14, 2020, 5:06 PM

Part of a delivery notification patent owned by Electronic Communication Technologies LLC is invalid because it relates to a long-existing abstract concept, the Federal Circuit said in a Thursday precedential decision.

ECT’s system covers the unpatentable idea of “providing advance notification of the pickup or delivery of a mobile thing,” the court said.

ECT sued ShoppersChoice.com LLC in Florida federal court for infringing U.S. Patent No. 9,373,261, related to an automated notification system with a user option to communicate with a “delivery or pickup representative.”

The district court found the relevant part of the patent invalid, saying that “business practices ...

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