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Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Network Inc. et al.

Representative Claim

  1. A method of providing an intelligent user interface to an online application comprising the steps of:

furnishing a plurality of icons on a web page displayed to a user of a web browser, wherein each of said icons is a hyperlink to a dynamically generated online application form set, and wherein said web browser comprises Back and Forward navigation functionalities;

displaying said dynamically generated online application form set in response to the activation of said hyperlink, wherein said dynamically generated online application form set comprises a state determined by at least one user input; and

maintaining said state upon the activation of another of said icons, wherein said maintaining allows use of said Back and Forward navigation functionalities without loss of said state.

Posture:

Appeal from the District Court for the Northern District of California, which granted Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss on four related actions for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,707,505 on the ground of patent ineligibility.

Abstract Idea: Yes

“Retaining information in the navigation of online forms.”

Something More: No

“As the district court observed, claim 1 contains no restriction on how the result is accomplished. The mechanism for maintaining the state is not described, although this is stated to be the essential innovation. IPC’s proposed interpretation of “maintaining state” describes the effect or result dissociated from any method by which maintaining the state is accomplished upon the activation of an icon.”