July 13, 2017

Jenner & Block won a victory for Schneider Electric in a patent infringement and antitrust case brought against it by a competitor.  In Power Analytics Corp. v. Operation Technology Inc. et al, Power Analytics claimed that Schneider Electric and Operation Technology Inc. infringed four patents covering software for monitoring electrical systems.  Schneider Electric and Operation Technology filed a motion asking that the judge find the asserted claims invalid.  Using a two-part test outlined in the US Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice decision, US District Judge John A. Kronstadt granted the motion.  In his decision on July 13, Judge Kronstadt said that each of the patents’ claims at issue cover only an abstract idea and cannot be patented under Section 101 of the Patent Act.  “None of the claim elements identified by plaintiff exceeds the abstract idea of evaluating and reacting to prediction deviations,” the judge said. “Therefore, the asserted patents are ineligible under Section 101.”  The team representing Schneider was led by Partner Reginald J. Hill and included Partners Benjamin J. Bradford, Michael McNamara, Joshua M. Segal and Kirsten Hicks Spira; Litigation Counsel Lisa Marie Schoedel; and Associate Kendall Turner.