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Maxon v. Funai

Representative Claim

  1. An audio-video device capable of sharing services with a plurality of other devices within a personal network, the audio-video device comprising:

a computer-readable medium having storage for a first address corresponding to the audio-video device, a second address corresponding to the personal network, and a third address corresponding to a service provider network;
input/output logic configured to receive from a user a desired change to a service capable of being provisioned to the audio-video device from at least one service available generally to the personal network;
a processor in communication with the computer-readable medium and the input/output logic, the processor programmed to prepare an inbound signaling word comprising at least the first address and payload data representing the desired change to the service capable of being provisioned to the audio-video device from the personal network; and
a transceiver providing the inbound signaling word to the service provider network where the service provider network comprises logic to process the inbound signaling word including modifying stored information in a subscriber database to effect the desired change to the service capable of being provisioned to the audio-video device from the personal network, the transceiver further receiving an outbound signaling word comprising the first address corresponding to the audio-video device and data indicating the desired change to the personal network, the outbound signaling word responsive to the desired change to the service capable of being provisioned to the audiovideo device from the personal network.

Posture:

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in No. 1:16-cv-07685, Judge Gary Feinerman.

 

Abstract Idea: Yes

The Federal Circuit confirmed that the Plaintiff “concedes that the patents are directed to the abstract idea of ‘decentralized delivery controlled by the owner of a plurality of devices.’” The opinion states:

“Accordingly, the only issue before the district court was whether the claims ‘do significantly more than simply describe the abstract method.’”