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Online User Authentication Service Fails § 101 Patent-Eligibility Test

Claims of a patent directed to “an interaction between a user, an ASP [authentication service provider] client, and an ASP” were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the Mayo/Alice patent-eligibility test, said a Northern District of California judge in Smart Authentication LLC v. Electronic Arts, Inc., Case No. 19-cv-01994-SI (N.D. Cal. Sept. 11, 2019). The court granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment, and dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint with prejudice. Following Inter Partes Review proceedings, the only remaining asserted claim of U.S. Patent No, 8,082,213B2 was claim 11, which depended from claim 1: 1. A user-authentication service implemented as routines that execute one or more computer systems interconnected by two or more communications media with both an authentication-service client, and a user, the user-authentication service comprising: the one or more computer systems; stored user-authentication policies specified by the user; stored user information; account interface routines that implement an account…

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