Immersion Corp. v. Fitbit (N.D.Cal. March 5, 2018)
On 12(b)(6) motion for dismiss, Judge Koh has thrown out some of Immersion’s asserted claims covering various haptic feedback approaches. However, some claims survived:
Invalid as Abstract Idea (claims from U.S. Patent No. 8,638,301):
27. A system comprising
a processor configured to:
receive a first sensor signal from a first sensor, the first sensor configured to detect a movement of a first mobile device;
receive a second sensor signal from a second sensor, the second sensor configured to detect an interaction with the first mobile device;
receive a first data signal from a network interface, the network interface configured to receive signals transmitted by a second mobile device;
determine a change in a display signal based at least in part on the first data signal and the second sensor signal;
determine a haptic effect based at least in part on the first data signal; and
outputting [sic] the haptic effect.
28. The system of claim 27, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor are each configured to detect one or more of: contact, pressure, acceleration, inclination, inertia, or location.
29. The system of claim 27, wherein the second sensor comprises a touch-screen.
31. The system of claim 27, wherein the processor is further configured to transmit a second data signal to the network interface, and the network interface is further configured to transmit the second data signal to the second mobile device.
Not improperly claiming an abstract idea (Claims from U.S. Patent Nos. 8,059,105 and U.S. Patent No. 8,351,299 respectively):
14. An apparatus comprising:
a sensor that senses motion of at least a portion of the apparatus and provides a sensor output based on the sensed motion;
a timer that provides a periodic timer output;
a vibrotactile device responsive to the timer that provides a corresponding periodic haptic output; and
a processing device that receives the sensor output and accumulates counts associated with the sensor output, the processing device providing an output to the vibrotactile device providing an output to the vibrotactile device once a threshold associated with the accumulated counts is reached.
19. A haptic feedback device, comprising:
one or more processors configured to receive an input signal and generate a force signal based on the input signal, wherein the input signal is associated with a user-independent event,
the user-independent event comprising one or more of a reminder event, an initiation of a task, a processing of the task, a conclusion of the task, a receipt of an email, or an event occurring in a game; and
one or more actuators configured to receive the force signal and impart a haptic effect based on the force signal.
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