A Texas judge has invalidated a pair of medical records patents (5,682,526; 5,715,451) asserted by Uniloc Luxembourg S.A. and Uniloc USA, Inc. (collectively, “Uniloc”). In an order issued on March 30, District Judge Robert Schroeder III granted multiple motions to dismiss filed by Harris Computer, Netsmart Technologies, Picis, Practice Fusion, and QuadraMed in a consolidated action against Medical Information Technology (d/b/a Meditech) (6:16-cv-00463), ruling that the ‘526 and ‘451 patents are invalid under Alice as impermissibly directed to the abstract ideas of “organizing medical data in a hierarchy” and “creating and storing user-constructed formulas”, respectively. This is the second and final blow dealt to the campaign under Alice, with a single claim from each patent previously found ineligible in an August 2015 decision by Judge Schroeder.
Uniloc USA, Inc. and Uniloc Luxembourg S.A. (Uniloc) closed out May 2016 with a total of 26 new filings, including 11 cases added to its nearly five-year-old medical records campaign. On May 27, Uniloc sued Amazing Charts, Compugroup Medical, Constellation Software (N. Harris Computer Corp.), McKesson, MEDITECH, Netsmart Technologies, Practice Fusion, QuadraMed, UnitedHealth Group (Picis, OptumInsight), and Viztek, accusing the companies of infringing two former Spacelabs Healthcare patents (5,682,526; 5,715,451). The NPE’s infringement allegations focus on the defendants’ modular or complete Electronic Health Record (EHR) products. This week’s filings bring the total number of defendants over 35; other defendants to have been hit by this campaign include Allscripts Healthcare, Athenahealth, CVS Health, e-MDs, General Electric, Healthsouth, Pulse Systems, and Siemens.
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