Covered Business Method Patents

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U.S. Patent Office Provides Additional Examples of Eligible Subject Matter

After the Supreme Court case of Alice v. CLS Bank in 2014, the Patent Office has issued a series of examination guidelines and examples to guide examiners and patent practitioners in determining patent eligible subject...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 1

In 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) established new post-issuance procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”). Inter partes...more

Federal Circuit Limits Scope of Covered Business Method Review

The Federal Circuit recently clarified what patents are subject to the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents, or CBM review, in Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank National Association. In clarifying what...more

Narrowing Jurisdiction in Covered Business Method Proceedings

In 1998, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, Inc., which upheld the patentability of business methods in the United States. Since...more

Post-Grant Review Estoppel – Looking Forward by Looking Back at Estoppel in Inter-Partes and Covered-Business-Method Review

In 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) established new post-issuance procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”). Inter partes...more

New Amendments to SIPO's Guidelines for Patent Examination

The State Intellectual Property Office of China (“SIPO”) on March 1, 2017 finalized the amendment to its Guidelines for Examination; the amendments included patentability of business method patents, enhanced claiming options...more

Internet Advertising Claims Deemed Not Eligible for Covered Business Method Patent Review

In a decision dated February 27, 2017, the Board denied institution of Google Inc.’s petition for Covered Business Method Patent Review of claims 20, 21, 23–26, 28, and 29 of U.S. Patent No. 6,128,651 (“the ’651 patent”)...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - March 2017

Shearman & Sterling’s IP litigation team has published its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter covers a wide range of current IP topics: updated predictions on patent policy under the Trump administration; recent happenings...more

Patent Claims, Not Embodiments Disclosed in Specification or Litigation Strategy, Determine Eligibility for Covered Business...

A divided Federal Circuit panel recently vacated a Patent Trial and Appeal Board final decision ruling that challenged patent claims were unpatentable, by holding that the patent was not eligible for review under the...more

Kudos to China on Software Patents

Kudos to the Chinese patent system! According to newly clarified rules, business method inventions that include a technical feature will be patentable in China. It is surprising to me and many others that China and the EP...more

Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank National Association (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Federal Circuit Finds That USPTO Board Interpreted CBM Statute Too Broadly - In an appeal of a Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review, the Federal Circuit overturned a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

Highest Patent Court Narrows Scope of Covered Business Review

A patent does not qualify for “covered business method” review if its claims are only incidental to a financial activity. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) recently decided that a claimed method (in...more

IPR and CBM Statistics for Final Written Decisions Issued in January 2017

In the 47 Final Written Decisions issued by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in January, the Board cancelled 513 (85.79%) of the instituted claims and declined to cancel 69 (11.54%) of the instituted claims. Patent owners...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Scope of Covered Business Method Review

The Federal Circuit has further clarified the scope of the covered business method (CBM) review program under the America Invents Act (AIA), explaining in Secure Axcess, LLC. v. PNC Bank National Association that in order for...more

Covered Business Method Patent: You Keep Using Those Words … We do not Think They Mean What You Think They Means

In Secure Access, LLC v. PNC BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, [2016-1353] (February 21, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated the Board’s decision in CBM2014-00100 on the ground that U.S. Patent No. 7,631,191 on a “system and method...more

What Patents Can Be Challenged in the Patent Office as “Covered Business Methods”?

Perhaps your firm is a bank or insurer has been sued for infringing a “business method” patent. Or your firm owns such a patent, and must decide whether to sue a competitor for infringing it. Or your company is simply...more

Federal Circuit Further Narrows the Availability of CBM Review

On February 21, in Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank Nat’l. Assoc’n, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) characterization of Axcess’s patent as a covered business...more

Federal Circuit Knocks Out Patents After CBM Challenge

Apple successfully invalidated three patents for failure to recite patent eligible subject matter. Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc., 2015-1792, 2015-1793 (Fed. Cir. 2016). The patents relate to synchronous communication systems...more

Post Grant Proceedings - Are Covered Business Method Reviews Dead?

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has frequently been quoted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board when instituting a Covered Business Method review. The Board cites the Senator in the legislative history of the America Invents...more

“Inventive Concept” Requires Specific Use of Computer Components Beyond Their Generic Use

Addressing the “inventive concept” prong of a covered business method (CBM) patent review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted the CBM, finding that the challenged claims failed to recite an inventive concept...more

2017 Intellectual Property Law Year In Review

Though politics ruled the headlines in 2016, the year still brought big changes in intellectual property law and its application, most notably in patent subject matter eligibility, inter partes review institution and appeal...more

Surviving Alice in the Finance Arts

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank (“Alice”)[i] has had a dramatic impact on the allowability of computer implemented inventions, especially in the finance arts (e.g. insurance, banking, etc.). ...more

Federal Circuit Invalidates Ameranth’s Menu Software Patents as Unpatentable Abstract Ideas

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc. highlights the potential impact of characterization of recited features as conventional, routine, generic, or known in the field without further...more

USPTO Publishes Business Method Subject Matter Eligibility Examples: Part II

As discussed in a previous article, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published new subject matter eligibility examples directed to the abstract idea exception to patentability under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These...more

Covered Business Methods Patents — Not So Broad!

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has reminded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in no uncertain terms that covered business method review has limits. In Unwired Planet, LLC v....more

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