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Secured Mail Solutions LLC v. Universal Wilde, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

October 16, 2017

SECURED MAIL SOLUTIONS LLC, Plaintiff-Appellant
v.
UNIVERSAL WILDE, INC., Defendant-Appellee

         Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California in No. 2:15-cv-07562-DOC-GJS, Judge David O. Carter.

          William J. O'Brien, One LLP, Beverly Hills, CA, argued for plaintiff-appellant.

          Gregory H. Lantier, Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC, argued for defendant-appellee. Also represented by Robert Manhas.

          Before Prost, Chief Judge, Clevenger, and Reyna, Circuit Judges.

          Reyna, Circuit Judge.

         Secured Mail Solutions LLC appeals from the United States District Court for the Central District of California's grant of a motion to dismiss on grounds that the claims of seven asserted patents are directed to subject matter ineligible for patenting under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Because the claims of the asserted patents are directed to an abstract idea and the claims contain no additional elements that transform the nature of the claims into a patent-eligible application of the abstract idea, we affirm.

         Background

         This appeal involves seven patents that Secured Mail groups into three categories. U.S. Patent Nos. 7, 814, 032, 7, 818, 268, and 8, 073, 787 are the "Intelligent Mail Barcode" patents. U.S. Patent Nos. 8, 260, 629 and 8, 429, 093 are the "QR Code" patents. U.S. Patent Nos. 8, 910, 860 and 9, 105, 002 are the "Personalized URL" patents.

         All the patents involve methods whereby a sender affixes an identifier on the outer surface of a mail object (e.g. envelope or package) before the mail object is sent. Computers and networks are used to communicate the information about the mail object's contents and its sender after the mail object is delivered.

         The Intelligent Mail Barcode patents recite a method for verifying the authenticity of the mail object. The identifier or barcode is a single set of encoded data that is generated by concatenating a sender-assigned unique identifier with sender data, recipient data, and shipping method data. '268 patent, J.A. 76-77. The barcode is affixed to the outside of the mail object and an authenticating portion of the barcode is stored in a database. The recipient of the mail object can access the database and use that authenticating portion to verify that a mail object is authentic.

         The QR Code and Personalized URL patents additionally require that a reception device (e.g., personal computer) be used to scan the encoded data and display the resulting data on the reception device's display screen. See, e.g., '629 patent, J.A. 98; '093 patent, J.A. 107; '860 patent, J.A. 120. In the QR Code patents, the identifier is a QR code (two-dimensional barcode) which a user can scan to look up additional electronic information related to the mail object. Specifically, the barcode includes data that allows the recipient of the mail object to request data directly from the sender and allows the sender to provide personalized data directly to the recipient, without the involvement of the mail carrier. For example, a customer might scan the QR code and be directed straight to her account rather than having to log in to access the account.

         In the Personalized URL patents, a method similar to the QR Code patents is used, except the identifier is a personalized network address, or URL. For example, the user can type the URL into her web browser and be directed straight to a specific account, or to other personalized information. The types of data provided by the sender include content information, warranty information, and account information.

         For the Intelligent Mail Barcode patents, claim 1 of the '268 patent is representative:

1. A method of verifying mail identification data, comprising:
affixing mail identification data to at least one mail object, said mail identification data comprising a single set of encoded data that includes at least a unique identifier, sender data, recipient data and shipping method data, wherein said unique identifier consists of a numeric value assigned by a sender of said at least one mail object;
storing at least a verifying portion of said mail identification data; receiving by a computer at least an authenticating portion of said mail identification data from at least one reception device via a network, wherein said authenticating portion of said mail identification data comprises at least said sender data and said shipping method data; and
providing by said computer mail verification data via said network when said authenticating portion of said mail identification data corresponds with said verifying ...

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