October 5, 2022

On Wednesday, Decide Vince Chhabria of the Northern District California granted Pandora Media, LLC’s (Defendant) Movement for Judgment on the Pleadings in a patent infringement go well with introduced by Bluebonnet Web Media Providers, LLC (Plaintiff). As Decide Chhabria summarizes Plaintiff’s claims, “ Bluebonnet alleges that Pandora has infringed three of its patents, every of which describes basically the identical pc system for producing media playlists based mostly on a person’s rankings. Sure claims additionally additional describe features for sharing playlists with one other person.”

Plaintiff alleges that it’s a Texas Restricted Legal responsibility Firm
and the “proprietor by project” of the related patents. On its web site,
Defendant describes itself as “… the biggest ad-supported audio leisure
streaming service within the U.S.”(see pandora.com.)

Decide Chhabria granted Defendant’s movement for 2 causes. First
the decide notes the final precept that “Summary concepts should not patentable,”
and concludes that Plaintiff’s patents purport to just do that. Second, he
notes that, “Patent claims directed to an summary concept might nonetheless be
patentable if the claims include an ‘creative idea,’ both individually or
taken collectively…. The creative idea should add ‘considerably extra’ to the
summary concept,  sufficient to ‘remodel’ it
right into a ‘patent-eligible software of the summary concept…” (citations omitted).
The decide discovered no such “creative idea” on this case.

On September eighth, Plaintiff filed a Discover of Attraction to the Federal Circuit.

The Discover of Attraction lists three counsel for Plaintiff: Carstens, Allen & Gourley LLP; Sheridan Ross P.C.; and Scott Regulation Group LLP .

A Pandora spokesperson supplied the next assertion:

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“Pandora is happy with the end result, and thanks the court docket and its workers for his or her efforts. As this case demonstrates, Pandora won’t fall sufferer to the shakedown ways of nonpracticing entities and can vigorously defend itself towards baseless claims.”