Wolf Greenfield Helps Client Geotab Achieve Victory Over NPE

On January 4th, Wolf Greenfield achieved a victory in the Eastern District of Texas on behalf of client Geotab, a telematics company sued by a non-practicing entity (NPE). By filing an early dispositive motion asserting that the patent was directed to an ineligible abstract idea, the firm was able to deliver a cost-effective victory over an NPE that had succeeded in targeting numerous larger players.

Geotab, a Canadian company that produces fleet management software and GPS vehicle tracking devices, was sued by Rothschild Location Technologies (RLT) in the Eastern District of Texas. The patent related to the use of a GPS device to retrieve an address. RLT had targeted more than 50 companies other than Geotab, including giants of the automotive and telecom industries.

Many of the accused companies quickly settled. Geotab, however, took a stand and filed a Section 101 motion, arguing that the patent was directed to an abstract idea, and therefore the case should be dismissed for lack of patentable subject matter per the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank.

In a detailed 17-page ruling, Magistrate Judge John Love in the Eastern District of Texas granted Geotab’s motion to dismiss, finding all 15 claims of the asserted patent invalid as directed to an abstract idea that is ineligible for patent protection.

The Wolf Greenfield litigation team (which included Michael Albert, Jason Honeyman, and Justin Colannino), working in close cooperation with Geotab's in-house team (Dirk Schlimm, Laurence Prystawski, and Derek Smith), was gratified to achieve this victory for our client. Read more in Law360.