United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Alexandria Division
Theresa Buchanan, Judge
O'GRADY, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
matter comes before the Court on Defendant Adobe Systems
Inc.'s Motion for Summary Judgment, (Dkt. No. 864), and
Motion to Strike portions of the Declaration of Mark Jones.
(Dkt. No. 871). Defendant seeks judgment as a matter of law
that Plaintiffs asserted claims are invalid under 35 U.S.C.
§ 101. For the reasons discussed below, the Court DENIES
TecSec, Inc. accuses the Defendant of infringing on four of
Plaintiff s related patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 5, 369, 702
(the "'702 Patent"); 5, 680, 452 (the
"'452 Patent"); 5, 717, 755 (the "'755
Patent"); and 5, 898, 781 (the "'781
Patent") (collectively, the "DCOM Patents").
The DCOM Patents articulate a multi-level encryption method
and system that allows encrypted files to be nested within
other encrypted files. See Dkt. No. 869, Exh. 1
("'702 Patent") at 4:25-28. "In addition
to multi-level encryption, the DCOM Patents further limit
access by using labels in the form of a field of characters
attached to the encrypted files." Dkt. No. 869, at 11.
parties agree that claims 1 and 8 in the '702 Patent are
representative of the asserted method and system claims,
respectively, for purposes of an analysis under 35 U.S.C.
§ 101. Claim 1 of the '702 Patent describes:
method for providing multi-level multimedia security in a
data network, comprising the steps of:
A) accessing an object-oriented key manager;
B) selecting an object to encrypt;
C) selecting a label for the object;
D) selecting an encryption algorithm;
E) encrypting the object according to the encryption
F) labelling the encrypted object;
G) reading the object label;
H) determining access authorization based on the object