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Patent Law Keyed to Adelman
Datamize, LLC v. Plumtree Software, Inc.
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Plaintiff held the '137 patent related to a software program allowing a person to create user interfaces for electronic kiosks by choosing from limited options of interface screens. The only independent claim of the '137 patent requires the interface screens to be uniform and "aesthetically pleasing." Plaintiff sued Defendant for infringement of its '137 patent. Defendant moved for summary judgment arguing the '137 patent claims were invalid for indefiniteness. The district court granted Defendant summary judgment because the phrase "aesthetically pleasing" is indefinite. Plaintiff appealed.
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