Federal Circuit Finds Mail-Tracking Patents Invalid Under Alice Despite Enfish plea

The Federal Circuit ruled Monday that seven patents belonging to Secured Mail Solutions LLC are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test, upholding a lower court’s decision in an infringement case against Universal Wilde Inc.
This is despite SMS demonstrating that the decision in Enfish v Microsoft—which adopted a more permissive approach to computer-related technology—meant its patents shouldn’t be invalidated. The case is the second time in two months the Federal Circuit has ruled on a case relating to mail patents, after clearing the US Postal Service (USPS) of any wrongdoing in August.
In a precedential opinion, the appeals court affirmed a California federal judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit after he found the patents were directed to the abstract idea of “communicating information about a [mail object] by use of a marking.”