Covered Business Method Patents

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Federal Circuit Review | April 2016

Federal Circuit Upholds Broad Scope of CBM Review and Explains that an Internet Reference Must be Indexed by a Search Engine to Qualify as a Prior Art Publication - In Blue Calypso, LLC v. Groupon, Inc., Appeal Nos....more

Qualtrics, LLC v. OpinionLab, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

Focusing on the Claims, the PTAB Denies CBM Review of a Market Research Patent - On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision denying institution...more

"After Period of High Invalidation Rates, New US Patent Challenge Procedures May Slow Down to Moderate Pace"

When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) began hearing post-issuance patent challenge proceedings under the America Invents Act in September 2012, the PTAB became one of the...more

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. v. Smartflash LLC (PTAB 2016)

PTAB Not Bound by Prior District Court Ruling on § 101 - On March 30, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a Final Written Decision in a case captioned Samsung...more

Limelight Networks v. Akamai Tech. – Cert. Denied

Yesterday, the Supreme Court declined to hear Limelight’s petition for cert. on the question of whether an accused infringer may be held liable for direct infringement of a claim to a method where multiple parties perform the...more

Key Lessons from Patent Litigation for Drafting and Prosecuting Utility Patent Applications

In almost every U.S. patent suit, the patentee’s counsel considers how the case could have been facilitated had the patent at issue been drafted and prosecuted differently. These considerations demonstrate that patents...more

Global Cash Access, Inc. v. NRT Technology Corp. (D. Nev. 2016)

U.S. District Court Disagrees with PTAB - On March 25, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada issued an Order in a case captioned Global Cash Access, Inc. v. NRT Technology Corp., and NRT Technologies,...more

Disclaimed Claims May Be Disregarded in Considering CBM Petition - Great West Casualty Co. v. Intellectual Ventures II LLC

Addressing whether disclaimed claims should be considered when determining whether to institute a covered business method (CBM) review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution, finding that such...more

35 U.S.C. § 101 – If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

As most practitioners know, even a duly issued patent can be invalidated under 35 U.S.C. § 101 if the patent’s claims are directed to a “patent-ineligible concept,” such as an abstract idea.  Yet, trying to anticipate whether...more

The USPTO Amends AIA Trial Rules: 4 Changes That You Need To Know

On April 1, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued amended final rules that govern trials under the America Invents Act (AIA), including inter partes review, post-grant review, covered business method...more

Motorola Mobility, LLC, v. Intellectual Ventures I, LLC (PTAB 2016)

After Multiple CBM Petitions, Motorola Invalidates Software Patent - On March 21, 2016, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in the Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - March 2016

Clare v. Chrysler Group LLC (No. 2015-1999, 3/31/16) (Prost, Moore, Wallach) - Moore, J. Affirming summary judgment of non-infringement of patents related to storage compartment for pickup trucks. The Court rejected...more

PTAB hits delete key on Intellectual Ventures patent for electronic content distribution

The most recent 101 PTAB road kill is an Intellectual Ventures, LLC, patent on electronic content distribution –  U.S. Patent No. 6,658,464 — in a CBM review of challenged claims 1, 8, 16, and 17 (reproduced below) brought by...more

Square, Inc. v. Protegrity Corp. (PTAB 2016)

U.S. Patent to Database for Protecting Formula for Coca-Cola Found Invalid under CBM Review - On March 2, 2016, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in the Covered Business...more

E-Loan, Inc. v. IMX, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

Typical "Business Method Patent" Struck Down by PTAB using CBM Review - On February 16, 2016, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in the Covered Business Method (CBM) patent...more

USPTO Data Supports Notion That Filing A Patent Owner Preliminary Response May Raise the Likelihood of Denial of an IPR or CBM...

Following the filing of a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) seeking to initiate either an Inter Partes Review (IPR) or Covered Business Method (CBM) Review, the patent owner may file a preliminary...more

Blue Calypso, LLC v. Groupon, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

On March 1, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in a number of related appeals between Blue Calypso, LLC and Groupon, Inc. These related appeals arise from five Covered Business Method (CBM) reviews of five patents...more

Patentable Subject Matter after Alice: Best Practices for Responding to 35 U.S.C. § 101 Rejections

It has been over 20 months since the Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, effectively limiting the scope of patent-eligible subject matter. In particular, software and business...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Winter 2016 Vol. 14, Issue 1

Patentable Subject Matter after Alice: Best Practices for Responding to 35 U.S.C. § 101 Rejections - It has been over 20 months since the Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l,...more

USPTO “Forecloses” on Mortgage Processing Patent under Alice

Patent owners continue to face an uphill battle at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. According to U.S. Patent Office statistics as of December 31, 2015, a majority (72%) of the 529 Inter Partes Reviews (IPR) proceeding to...more

CBM Review Not a Venue for Review of Contractual and Tortious Disputes (Ocean Tomo, LLC v. PatentRatings, LLC)

Addressing the issue of standing, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution of a covered business method (CBM) patent review, finding that the petitioner failed to show sufficient proof...more

CBM Jurisdiction Survives Abandonment of CBM Claims (J.P. Morgan Chase LLC V. Intellectual Ventures II LLC)

Addressing the issue of whether a patent owner can divest the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) of covered business method (CBM) jurisdiction, the Board found that a determination of initial jurisdiction for CBM...more

NRT Technology Corp. v. Everi Payments, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

Business Method Patent Survives PTAB Review - On January 22, 2016, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision denying institution of a covered business method (CBM) patent review in a case captioned...more

Takeaways From PTAB's Fiscal Year Statistics

Since the creation of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as part of the America Invents Act on Sept. 16, 2012, the PTAB trial proceedings have become an increasingly popular venue for parties seeking to challenge patents....more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Adds Two More Cases to its List of Precedential and Informative Decisions

Earlier this month, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) added two decisions to its list of “precedential” opinions for the USPTO’s new proceedings for challenging patents under the America Invents Act. The list (which...more

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