Improved Search LLC v. AOL Inc.C.A. No. 15-262 - SLR, March 22, 2016

Robinson, J. Defendant’s motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) is denied.

The disputed technology relates to translation of query and retrieval of multilingual information on the web. Defendant argues that the patents-in-suit are directed to abstract ideas – translingual searching and advertising.  Applying the Alice framework, the court finds that the patented methods are more complex than what was known from the pre-internet world, and address the problem of ensuring that internet search engines retrieve web pages and documents written in the query language as well as in the foreign language as well. The methods are used to display cross-language advertising. In addition, the patented solution is not a routine and conventional use of computer and internet technology.