MILPITAS, Calif., May 30, 2017 – 22 Miles, Inc. is a fast-growing, long-time leader in Wayfinding and Cross-Platform Digital Signage. 22 Miles today announced that Four Winds Interactive dismissed its lawsuit against 22 Miles.
Back on March 25, 2016, FWI filed a lawsuit styled Four Winds Interactive vs. 22 Miles, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado asserting claims for copyright infringement, patent infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, and false patent marking. After over a year of litigation, 22 Miles showed that FWI’s patent was invalid and forced FWI to dismiss the case in its entirety.
“Our entire team is extremely pleased with the outcome of the case,” says Joey Zhao, CEO of 22 Miles. “It is an important victory for 22 Miles because it confirms our position as a true industry leader and innovator.”
Recently, the Magistrate Judge in the case had recommended dismissal of four out of five of FWI’s claims. In his recommendation, he found that FWI’s patent was invalid because it “fails to include an ‘inventive concept’ and thus is patent ineligible.” He further explained that, “FWI has not identified any improvement to the functionality of the computer system itself, but rather utilizes conventional computer activities to improve the process of providing customized directions.” In the end, he found, “FWI’s patent claims should be dismissed because the ‘402 Patent does not address patent-eligible subject matter and thus is invalid.” In addition, the Magistrate found a lack of legal support for most of FWI’s other claims.