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Pennsylvania Prison Beats Patent Suit Over Scanning Inmate Mail

April 26, 2022, 8:24 PM

A Pennsylvania prison beat an infringement lawsuit over a patent on technology used to scan prisoner’s mail, convincing a federal judge the patent covers an idea not eligible for protection.

Smart Communications IP Holdings’ U.S. Patent No. 10,291,617 covers a system for scanning incoming mail and electronically distributing it to inmates. The company sued York County, Pa., and the York County Prison over the use of a purportedly infringing system.

Judge Jennifer Wilson in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania awarded the prison judgment Monday. Wilson found the patent covers only the abstract idea of processing, ...