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Messaging Gateway Solutions LLC v. Amdocs, Inc, et al.

Representative Claim

  1. A method of using a computer system to facilitate two-way communication between a mobile device and an Internet server, comprising:

the computer system receiving a text message via a first communication path;

the computer system inserting at least a message body of the text message into an Internet Protocol (IP) message; and

the computer system transmitting the IP message to the Internet server, via a second

communication path,

wherein the text message originates from the mobile device as a short message service (SMS) text message, and wherein the SMS text message contains a multidigit address that is fewer than seven digits and that is associated with a URL of the internet server.

Posture:

Rule 12(c) Motion for judgment on the pleadings.

Abstract Idea: Yes

“The Court finds that Claim 20 is directed to the abstract idea of translation. The claim is a method that enables a device that ordinarily cannot send a message to a different device to do so. That is essentially the same as a translator assisting two people who speak different languages to communicate with each other. . . . Similarly, in Claim 20, a computer system receives an SMS text message, converts it to an Internet Protocol message, and delivers the converted message. In essence, it translates mobile phone language into Internet language.”

Something More: Yes

“The Court finds that Claim 20 contains an inventive concept sufficient to render it patent eligible. Like the claims in DDR Holdings, Claim 20 ‘is necessarily rooted in computer technology in order to overcome a problem specifically arising in the realm of computer networks.’ See [DDR Holdings] at 1257. Claim 20 is directed to a problem unique to text-message telecommunication between a mobile device and a computer. The solution it provides is tethered to the technology that created the problem.”