Exemplary claim 1 of the ‘862 Patent recites:
1. An interactive game system comprising:Exemplary claim 1 of the ‘610 Patent recites:
means for generating real time score values indicative of performances of players involved in an event;
means for conveying to each participant at least one of the real time score values of the players; and
means for enabling selecting at least one player to comprise a team for each participant of the interactive system based on the real time score values of the player.
1. An interactive game system comprising:The accused games include Activision’s “NASCAR The Game: Inside Line” and Konami’s “Pro Evolution Soccer 2015,” which display score data and team selection interfaces such as those below to a player.
a controller for generating real time score values indicative of performances of players involved in an event;
an interactive device for displaying video information to a participant of an interactive game based on the event; and
a communication network coupling said controller and said interactive device such that the real time score values are conveyed to the participant.
Interestingly, the complaints devote dozens of paragraphs to a preemptive defense of the ‘862 and ‘610 Patents’ patentability under the post-Alice regime. For example, the plaintiff asserts that the claims at issue involve no abstract idea or fundamental business practice, that they require use of a computer to infringe, that they solve a technological problem rather than an entrepreneurial one, and that they do not preempt practice in an entire field of endeavor. The plaintiff also asserts that means-plus-function claims are inherently immune to invalidation under 35 U.S.C. 101 because the means itself cannot be an abstract idea.
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Thanks to Daniel Douglas for preparing this case note.