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Appeals from the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Nos. 12-CV-1324, 12-CV-1668, 12-CV-1671, 12-CV-1673, 12-CV-1675, 12-CV-1677, 12-CV-1679, 12-CV-1680, 12-CV-1681, 12-CV-1686, 12-CV-1687, 12-CV-1688, 12-CV-1689, 12-CV-1693, 12-CV-1694, 12-CV-1695, 12-CV-1696, 12-CV-2122 and 12-CV-2127, Judge Otis D. Wright, II.
JOHN J. EDMONDS, Collins, Edmonds, Pogorzelski, Schlather & Tower, PLLC, of Houston, Texas, argued for plaintiff-appellant. With him on the brief were STEPHEN F. SCHLATHER and SHEA PALAVAN.
MARK A. LEMLEY, Durie Tangri LLP, of San Francisco, California, argued for all defendants-appellees. With him on the brief were ANTHONY S. GABRIELSON and TIFFANY D. GEHRKE, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, of Chicago, Illinois, for CDW LLC; GREGORY S. TAMKIN and CASE COLLARD, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, of Denver, Colorado, for Buy.com, Inc.; PAUL T. MEIKLEJOHN and MUDIT KAKAR, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, of Seattle, Washington, for Toshiba Corporation, et al.; WILLIAM C. ROOKLIDGE, FRANK P. COTE, and MARK L. BLAKE, Jones Day, of Irvine, California, for Electronics for Imaging, Inc.; EZRA SUTTON, Ezra Sutton & Associates, P.A., of Woodbridge, New Jersey, for Sakar International, Inc.; AARON STIEFEL, Kaye Scholer, LLP, of New York, New York, for B and H Foto and Electronics Corp.; MICHAEL H. JACOBS, Crowell & Moring LLP, of Washington, DC, for Leica Camera AG, et al.; STEVEN J. ROUTH, STEN JENSEN, and JOHN R. INGE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, of Washington, DC, and CHRISTOPHER P. BRODERICK and WILLIAM H. WRIGHT, of Los Angeles, California, for FUJIFILM Corporation, et al.; J. RICK TACHÉ, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, of Irvine, California, for Leaf Imaging, Ltd., et al.; JOSHUA M. MASUR and ZHUANJIA GU, Turner Boyd LLP, of Mountain View, California, for Asus Computer International, et al.; and MARK C. JOHNSON, KYLE B. FLEMING, and NICHOLAS J. GINGO, Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP, of Cleveland, Ohio, for Victor Hasselblad AB, et al. Of counsel were JASON P. GRIER, Baker & Hostetler, of Atlanta, Georgia, KATRINA M. QUICKER and MICHAEL J. RIESEN, Ballard Spahe, LLP, of Atlanta, Georgia, for Xerox Corporation; KENT E. BALDAUFER and CECILIA ROSE DICKSON, The Webb Law Firm, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for Newegg, Inc., et al.; and DAVID EVAN CASE, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, of Minatoku, Tokyo, Japan, for Fujifilm Corporation.
Before MOORE, REYNA, and HUGHES, Circuit Judges.
Reyna, Circuit Judge .
In this appeal, we address the subject matter eligibility of claims in U.S. Patent No. 6,128,415 (" the '415 patent" ) directed to a device profile and a method for creating a device profile within a digital image processing system. The district court concluded that the asserted claims were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. For the reasons set forth below, we affirm .
Digitech Image Technologies (" Digitech" ) is the assignee of the '415 patent, which is directed to the generation and use of an " improved device profile" that describes spatial and color properties of a device within a digital image processing system. In general, digital image processing involves electronically capturing an image of a scene with a " source device," such as a digital camera, altering the image in a desired fashion, and transferring the altered image to an " output device," such as a color printer.
According to the patent, all imaging devices impose some level of distortion on an image's color and spatial properties. This distortion occurs because different devices ( i.e., digital cameras, monitors, TVs, printers, etc.) allow for slightly different ranges of colors and spatial information to be displayed or reproduced. Prior art methods attempted to correct these distortions using certain device dependent solutions and device independent paradigms. Device dependent solutions work to calibrate and modify the color and spatial properties of the devices themselves. For example, some devices may be designed with certain upstream or downstream devices in mind to ensure optimal transfer of image data to those devices. Device independent solutions, on the other hand, work to translate an image's pixel data from a device dependent format into an independent color
space, which can then be translated to any number of output devices at a reduced level of distortion.
Device independent solutions discussed in the patent were limited to color information and require creating " device profiles" that describe the color properties of both the source and output devices, thereby enabling a more accurate translation of the image's pixel data into the independent color space and across the source and output devices. The '415 patent expands this device independent paradigm to capture both spatial properties and color properties of an imaging device. The '415 patent thus discloses an " improved device profile" that " includes ...