Virginia Innovation Sciences, Inc. v., Inc.

Filing 57

MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by District Judge Liam O'Grady on 1/5/2016. (awac)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Alexandria Division VIRGINIA INNOVATION SCIENCES INC., Civil No. l:16-cv-00861 Plaintiff, Hon. Liam O'Grady V. AMAZON.COM, INC., Defendant. memorandum optnton PlaintiffVirginia Innovation Sciences, Inc. ("VIS") owns the rights to afamily ofpatents that cover amethod, system, and apparatus for transferring video signals from anetwork to a mobile device and then converting those signals in amanner that allows them to be reproduced on an "alternative display terminal" {e.g., atelevision). Alleging infringement ofthese patents. Plaintiffbrought suit against Defendant, Inc. ("Amazon") for marketing and selling, among other things, its Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick devices, smarfphnne. mobile phone, and tablet products. Amazon has moved to dismiss the claims related to eight ofthe ten patents at issue in this case. (Dkt. No. 21). The court heard oral argument on October 14,2016. For the reasons that follow, the Court finds that VIS's patents are not directed to patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. ยง101, and it therefore GRANTS Amazon's motion to dismiss. I. BACKGROUND VIS owns all rights and title to, and interest in, U.S. Patent No. 7,899,492, entitled Methods, Systems, and Apparatus for Displaying the Multimedia Information from Wireless

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