September 17, 2018

A Jenner & Block team won a victory on behalf of Invensys Systems when the Federal Circuit upheld a finding that parts of four robotics patents were invalid.  At issue were infringement claims filed by Automation Middleware Solutions, Inc. (AMS) regarding patents that relate to systems for controlling mechanical devices. 

In 2015, AMS sued Invensys and other companies.  In 2017, a US district judge ruled that certain claims in four patents were invalid because they claimed nothing more than an abstract idea.  AMS appealed, but on September 17, 2018, a three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit agreed that the lower court judge was correct.  The Federal Circuit noted that the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Alice v. CLS Bank held that abstract ideas implemented on a computer are not patentable under Section 101 of the Patent Act. 

The team representing Invensys included Partners Reginald J. Hill, Nick G. Saros, Adam G. Unikowsky and Michael G. Babbitt. On September 21, Law360 recognized the team members as “Legal Lions” for the win.