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Koninklijke KPN N.V. v. Gemalto M2M GmbH

Data Error Checking Claims, Limited in Implementation, Held Patent Eligible

Koninklijke KPN N.V. v. Gemalto M2M GmbH, __ F.3d __, 2019 WL ____ (Fed. Cir. Nov. 15, 2019) (Dyk, CHEN, Stoll) (D. Del.: Stark) (3 of 5 stars)

Fed Cir reverses judgment on the pleadings of patent ineligibility under § 101. KPN’s claims relate to error checking in data transmission. The district court erred by finding the claims abstract at Mayo/Alice step one. As in McRO, 837 F.3d 1299 (Fed. Cir. 2016), KPN’s claims are directed to a specific implementation of an existing tool that will improve “the functioning of the overall technological process of detecting systematic errors in data transmissions.” Op. at 14. The opinion rejects Appellees’ contention that the claims are insufficiently precise, and notes that the claims require specific permutations from the description. And because KPN’s claims address a specific improvement in computer functionality, they are distinct from those in previous cases that were held patent ineligible.

KEYWORDS: SUBJECT MATTER ELIGIBILITY; JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS