SCOTUS Patent Ruling Has Profound Implications for Big Data: Professor Daryl Lim at Chicagos John Marshall Law School

(PRWEB) July 09, 2014

An inventive idea with tangible effects deserves a patent, but an attempt to patent abstract business ideas doesnt meet those standards, the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International (Docket #13-298).

In its ruling, the court stressed the need to preserve a patent-free zone did not want patent owners monopolizing basic tools for scientific and technological work,, according to Professor Daryl Lim of The John Marshall Law School. The case has profound implications for the financial services sectors, and those involved in the collection and analysis of Big Data, including social media services, cloud computing and wearable technology, Lim added.

Einstein couldnt patent his theory of relativity simply by saying a computer would do the calculations, Lim added. The idea must improve the way a specific type of computer function, and that connection must not have been well-understood, routine or conventional, but rather achieve a result that was not obtainable before.

Alice Corp. argued it held the rights to a computer program used to guarantee payments for financial trades settled by holding funds in escrow. Alice Corp. argued that its computer software protecting these payments was first patented in 1992. However, developer Ian Shepherd failed to produce the computer source codes or how the computer would work for these escrow payments. Despite these shortcomings, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gave Alice Corp. three subsequent patents for its process.

The corporation never used the patented system in any business. Consequently, the company has been dubbed a patent troll.

When Alice Corp. learned CLS Bank was using a similar technology, it argued patent infringement. CLS Bank claimed it developed its own computer system for the trillions of dollars transferred through its banking network. In 2007, CLS Bank sued Alice Corp., charging its patents were unenforceable. Lower courts agreed with CLS Bank, but Alice Corp. countersued.

The United States Supreme Court struck down the patent claims by Alice Corp. Writing for the court, Justice Clarence Thomas said Shepherds patent filings amounted to nothing significantly more than an instruction to apply the abstract idea of intermediated settlement using some unspecified, generic computer.

The court also found ineligible Alice Corp.s other patent claims to a computer system carrying out those instructions and components for the computer codes for substantially the same reasons, Lim said.

The courts focus on a tangible effect was clearly an attempt to raise the bar on software patents which form the bulk of the litigation currently clogging up the courts, Lim said. But it also knew from the briefs filed that many software and Internet companies need these types of patents to get funding. For these companies, having those patents is an existential issue.

PersonalWeb Announces Limited Time Program to License True Name Patent Portfolio Royalty-free to Qualified Developers

Tyler, Texas (PRWEB) November 12, 2013

PersonalWeb Technologies LLC, today announced the launch of a royalty-free license program, which is intended to give qualified software developers and technology companies a limited period to enter into a patent licensing agreement with PersonalWeb for the use of its True Name patent portfolio. Independent developers that have yet to profit financially or receive the significant economic or commercial benefits that flow from the ability to utilize the True Name patents will be eligible for use of the True Name patents on a royaltyfree basis until usage increases and license fees become applicable.

In connection with the grant of a license and based on compliance with license terms, PersonalWeb intends to waive all damages for past use for these qualified developers that participate in its program prior to its expiration on January 31, 2014. Larger commercial developers and companies that receive significant economic or commercial benefit from the True Name patents will need a license from PersonalWeb for the use of the True Name patents.

By providing small independent developers an easy and no-cost license for the use of our patents, we are able to ensure that our intellectual property rights are respected while allowing licensed developers access to our important and market-proven technology and the many efficiency benefits the True Name patents provide, said Michael Weiss, president of PersonalWeb.

PersonalWeb owns the True Name Patent Portfolio consisting of 15 issued and pending patents that are important for many elements of cloud computing, distributed search engine file systems, content addressable storage and social media, critical to the development of a wide range of established and emerging distributed computing based industries. NEC, Nexsan and Caringo are some of the most recent technology companies to enter into a licensing agreement with PersonalWeb for their prior and continued use of the True Name patents. PersonalWeb has ongoing patent infringement litigation, all initially filed in the Eastern District of Texas, against Google, YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, HP, IBM and others.

The Royalty-Free License Program is effective immediately and will be offered until January 31, 2014 to participants determined by PersonalWeb to be qualified. The Program is not available to defendants in the ongoing litigation or to anyone who has already received a notice of infringement from PersonalWeb. For further details, visit or contact PersonalWeb at license(at)truelicensing(dot)com.

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About PersonalWeb: PersonalWeb was established in Tyler, Texas by a team who has been responsible for creating some of the Internets most popular software and applications used by tens of millions of people worldwide. The company develops products based on its patented technology that is important for many elements of cloud computing technology, distributed search engine file systems, social media and content addressable storage. For more information, please visit

Delfigo Files Patent on Optimizing Mobile Biometric Enrollment”

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 16, 2013

Delfigo Security, the pioneer in intelligent authentication solutions, today filed a utility patent based on the physics phenomenon to enhance user identity management based on individual enrollment data of users to their unique keystroke or mobile touch-based biometrics.

Enrollment in systems that examine behavioral and environmental data based on past inputs can challenge companies and enterprises that prioritize user experience during the enrollment process. While the access capabilities are enhanced and more secure with a robust set of reference data and the additional context it provides to the identity scoring of users, asking the user to repeatedly train a system, or settling for a smaller and weaker data set than would be ideal in order to get results more quickly, can weaken companies resolve to adopt touch-based biometric technology and cause frustration for their customers and global users.

Delfigo Securitys newly developed technology improves the strength of enrollment data for new users of keystroke and mobile biometric solutions, resulting in better scoring immediately following user enrollment. By using unique data that has been submitted by the user to enhance existing enrollment data and its accuracy, Delfigo is able to offer their customers the benefits of a stronger identity access enrollment balanced with the ability to continue to offer users a seamless enrollment experience, with improved results immediately following the enrollment period.

The well known and understood phenomenon of Hysteresis, which is the dependence of a system not only on its current environment but also on its past environment is key to ensure that we turn mobile user data into big data at the micro scale,” said Ralph Rodriguez, CEO of Delfigo Security. “Our scientific team of physicists has taken our unique approach into almost a quantum scale whereby we are able to detect unique dependencies because the system can be in more than one internal state. This coupled with our ability to take a high-dimensional enrollment phase space after user enrollment is complete creates a solution that is truly a game changing leap forward in applying mathematics and physics to identity management.

Identity management needs to account for the concept that past behavior affects the current state of identity, says Hyoun Park, Principal Analyst, Nucleus Research. By reinforcing hysteresis, companies can create an identity state for each user that reflects past behavior rather than simply depending on a static password or identity profile. As a result, companies can develop a dynamic user identification where the current state of identity is defined and amplified by the past.”

About Delfigo Security

Delfigo Corporation d/b/a Delfigo Security, with offices in Boston and at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a venture-backed software company providing solutions for identity and access management. The Delfigo solution provides a multi-factor risk-based authentication platform using a patent-pending, artificial intelligence based architecture. The Delfigo software reduces risk of identity theft and fraud for enterprises and ensures regulatory compliances, at a reduced total cost of ownership. Delfigos platform is designed with cloud computing and SaaS needs in mind. To find out more on how you can leverage the Delfigo technology for your enterprise needs, please visit or call 617-946-0600 or email info(at)delfigosecurity(dot)com.

About Stage 1 Ventures

Delfigo is backed by Stage 1 Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm specializing in investments in early stage companies. The firm seeks to invest in mobile industry, the executable Internet, or Software as a Service (SaaS), IPTV and Internet video, pay-for-performance marketing and advertising, and security sectors. In mobile industry, it focuses on search and advertising; consumer entertainment, including games, music, and video; content management and distribution, communication, including video sharing, SMS, MMS, and social networking; enterprise and consumer applications, productivity enhancement, and infrastructure supporting all of the above. The firm typically invests in companies that have first demonstrated market enabling IP. Stage 1 Ventures, LLC is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.