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Xoran Technologies, LLC v. Planmeca USA, Inc.

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

May 22, 2018

XORAN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
PLANMECA USA, INC., Defendant.

          OPINION AND ORDER

          SARA L. ELLIS UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         Plaintiff Xoran Technologies, LLC (“Xoran”) brings this suit against Defendant Planmeca USA, Inc. (“Planmeca”) under the patent laws of the United States including 35 U.S.C. §§ 271 and 281 alleging that Planmeca infringes claims 1-11 (“claims at issue”) of patent 7, 551, 711 (“the ‘711 Patent”) by manufacturing, importing, selling, and offering for sale ProMax 3D scanners. Planmeca moves to dismiss this suit for failure to state a claim on the grounds that the claims of the ‘711 Patent are ineligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (“Section 101”). The Court denies Defendant Planmeca USA, Inc.'s motion to dismiss [18] because the claims at issue of the ‘711 Patent are not directed to abstract ideas and satisfy the requirements of Section 101 regarding eligibility for patent protection.

         BACKGROUND[1]

         I. Claims at Issue

         Xoran owns all right, title, and interest in the ‘711 Patent, which the United States Patent Office (“USPTO”) issued on June 23, 2009. The claims at issue of the ‘711 Patent relate to a Cone Beam Computed Tomography (“CBCT” or “CT”) scanner that also takes external images of a patient. The ‘711 Patent describes “[a] prior art CT scanner system” which “includes a plurality of cameras that take external images of the patient;” however, “[a] drawback to the prior CT scanner is that several cameras are needed to generate the three dimensional photographic image.” ‘711 patent col. 1, ll. 16-18, 23-25. Therefore, the ‘711 Patent discloses a CT scanner including a single camera for the purposes of taking external images of the exterior of a patient. The ‘711 Patent also discloses that a technician viewing a 3D CT image on a display can zoom out such that the 3D CT image changes to a corresponding 3D external image, or alternatively, the technician may view the 3D CT image and the 3D external image simultaneously on the display. ‘711 patent col. 1, ll. 51-56.

         Claim 1 of the ‘711 Patent, the sole independent claim of the claims at issue, states:

A scanner comprising:
a gantry including a first arm section and a second arm section;
an x-ray source mounted to the first arm section;
an x-ray detector mounted to the second arm section;
a camera mounted to one of the first arm section and the second arm section;
a motor that rotates the gantry about an axis of rotation, wherein the x-ray detector takes a plurality of x-rays images and the camera takes a plurality of external images as the gantry rotates;
a computer that generates a three dimensional CT image from the plurality of x-ray images and a three dimensional external image from the plurality of external images and stores the three dimensional CT image and the three dimensional external image; and
a display that displays the three dimensional CT image, wherein the three dimensional CT image changes to the three dimensional external image as the three ...

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