Lowe’s and Iron Gate Security Settle Patent Lawsuit

Iron Gate Security claimed Lowe’s sold security cameras that infringed on two of its patents.

Lowe’s has settled a lawsuit brought by New York City-based Iron Gate Security.

Iron Gate claimed Lowe’s sold security cameras that infringed on two of its patents. The deal came after a New York federal judge said one patent appeared to meet a U.S. Supreme Court test for validity. 

Lowe’s and Iron Gate Security filed a joint notice Tuesday dismissing the case with prejudice. Details of the agreement were not available in court records.

Iron Gate’s lawsuit targeted Lowe’s sale of the Iris Smart Home Management Systems.

Lowe’s argued the patent was directed to the abstract idea of “organizing data using an index so that newly obtained data can be associated with pre-existing data for purposes of subsequent retrieval.” Lowe’s also said the same process could be done by the human brain, according to Law 360 (Subscription required).

Abstract ideas implemented using a computer are not eligible for a patent under the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International decision from 2014.

The patents-in-suit are U.S. Patent Numbers 6,288,641 and 7,203,693.

The case is Iron Gate Security Inc. v. Lowe’s Cos. Inc., case number 1:15-cv-08814, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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