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District Court Finds Palomar’s ‘Pick and Place’ Patent Invalid Under 101

In a follow-up to a decision earlier this month blocking an attempt by Palomar Technologies, Inc. to bar new prior art references based on IPR estoppel, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on May 28 has now granted a motion for summary judgment by MRSI Systems, LLC (MRSI), holding U.S. Patent No. 6,776,327 invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 as being directed to a patent-ineligible abstract idea. The district court concluded that the ’327 Patent was directed to the abstract idea of placing an item at an intermediate location before moving it to a final one in order to increase the accuracy of the final placement and is applicable to an ‘almost infinite breadth of applications.

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