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Fairfield Industries v. Wireless Seismic, Inc.

Representative Claim

  1. A method of seismic data acquisition comprising:

Providing a plurality of seismic data acquisition units, each unit comprising a transceiver configured to wirelessly communicate seismic data with one or more of [*4]  the other seismic data acquisition units in the plurality of seismic data acquisition units;

Providing a [sic] one or more concentrator units each comprising a receiver configured to wirelessly receive seismic data from at least one of the seismic data acquisition units; and

Wirelessly communicating acquired data from the acquisition units to the concentrator units;

Wherein, during the step of wirelessly communicating acquired data from the acquisition units to the concentrator unit comprises using a string of the seismic data acquisition units to wirelessly communicate acquired seismic data; and

Wherein, during the step of wirelessly communicating acquired data from the acquisition units to the concentrator units, a first pair of acquisition units communicate with each other at the same time that a second pair of acquisition units communicate with each other; and

Further comprising:

Assigning first and second transmission parameters to the first and second pairs of acquisition units to substantially prevent communication interference between the first and second pairs.

 

Posture:

Motion to dismiss.

Abstract Idea: No

“The Court acknowledges that identifying the precise nature of the abstract idea at issue here is not easy. … As discussed below, however, this Court need not probe this dilemma further. Even under Wireless Seismic’s characterization of the abstract idea, the ‘111 patent’s claims satisfy step two of the Alice test, and are therefore patent-eligible.”

Something More: N/A

“The use of seismic acquisition units in the ‘111 patent do far more than replace a mental process or abstract concept, such as a relay. The units receive signals reflected by subsurface seismic reflectors in response to a generated acoustic signal2 and transmit that seismic data to a central location. In the claimed method, these units also acquire this seismic data from neighboring units and wirelessly communicate that data up the chain. These processes surpass the basic idea of a relay, which has been employed by individuals since time immemorial. Because the operation of the acquisition units does not merely substitute technology for an abstract idea, the connection between the claim and the acquisition units is highly probative of patent-eligibility.”