Content Extraction & Transmission, LLC v. Wells Fargo Bank, No. 13-1588 (Fed. Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
CET owns the asserted patents, which share substantially the same specification. The four patents contain a total of 242 claims. The claims generally recite a method of extracting data from hard copy documents using an automated digitizing unit such as a scanner, recognizing specific information from the extracted data, and storing that information in a memory. This method can be performed by software on an automated teller machine (ATM) that recognizes information written on a scanned check, such as the check’s amount, and populates certain data fields with that information in a computer’s memory. CET asserted infringement by banking entities. Diebold, the manufacturer of ATMs used by the banking entities, sought a declaratory judgment that its ATMs did not infringe CET’s asserted patents and that CET’s patents were invalid and sought injunctive and monetary relief for tortious interference and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) arising from CET’s act of filing allegedly baseless infringement suits against its customers. The district court dismissed CET’s infringement action, holding that the claims of the asserted patents are invalid as patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. 101 and dismissed Diebold’s claims. The Federal Circuit affirmed.