Covered Business Method Patents

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Do-Gooders Need Not Apply

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Cambridge Assoc., LLC v. Capital Dynamics (PTAB 2014); PNC Bank v. Secure Axcess, LLC (PTAB 2014)

As the fallout of the Supreme Court's Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision propagates through the USPTO and lower courts, many patent applications and patents directed to business methods are being rejected or struck down for...more

CBM Review Cannot Proceed if Petitioner Filed Civil Suit Challenging Patent’s Validity Prior to Filing Review Petition

SecureBuy LLC v. Cardinal Commerce Corp. - Addressing the circumstances under which a Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review may proceed, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal...more

First Final CBM Decision Invalidates Patent Under § 101

U.S. Bancorp v. Retirement Capital Access Management Co. - In the first final written decision issued in a Covered Business Method (CBM) proceeding, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB, the Board) ruled that it has...more

The PTAB finds that the petitioner did not show that a patent claiming internet-based transactions is not a technological...

In GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc. v. Lakshmi Arunachalam, GSI filed a petition seeking covered business method patent review of U.S. Patent No. 8,346,894 relating to "facilat[ing] real-time two-way transactions, as opposed to...more

Down the Rabbit Hole – The Impact of Alice on Software Patents

Software patents recently took another hit as courts continue down the rabbit hole following the Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). In Alice, the Court held that claims to...more

PTAB - Trulia and Zillow possible merger is not a sufficient basis for extending the 12 month period to complete the trial

In Trulia, Inc. v. Zillow, Inc., Trulia filed a petition seeking covered business method review of U.S. Patent No. 7,970,674 relating to automatically determining a current value for a real estate property. CBM2013-00056. On...more

Post-Grant Insights: What claims to include in your PTAB petition [Video]

The first challenge in designing either an inter partes review (IPR) petition or a covered business method (CBM) patent petition is to decide which claims to address before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Overview...more

Institution Decisions on September 30, 2014

Institution Decisions - In Apple Inc. v. Smartflash LLC, CBM2014-00102, Paper 8, CBM2014-00103, Paper 8, (September 30, 2014) the Board instituted a covered business method review of claims 1, 2, and 11-14 of U.S. Patent...more

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board Second Anniversary: Reflections and Strategies For The Years Ahead

What a difference two years can make. In 2012, the America Invents Act (“AIA”) created new proceedings to challenge the validity of claims in issued patents. These proceedings are administered by the United States...more

Federal Court Rules Business Method Patent Invalid Post-Alice

On September 2, 2014, the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in the case of Loyalty Conversion Systems Corporation v. American Airlines, Inc. that the plaintiff's business method patents concerning...more

Post-Alice Federal Circuit Finds Software-Related Patent Not Patent Eligible; Tips on Business Method Patents in New Landscape

In its first precedential decision regarding a business-related invention since the Supreme Court's 2014 Alice v. CLS Bank decision, the Federal Circuit held claims invalid for lack of patent eligibility under Section 101 of...more

Stay pending interlocutory appeal of denial of stay for ungranted CBM petitions denied

Intellectual Ventures II LLC v. JP Morgan Chase & Co. et al. Case Number: 1:13-cv-03777 - Summary: JP Morgan Chase (“JPMC”), having lost a motion to stay this case pending resolution of IPRs and CBMs [LINK TO 19...more

No stays for IPRs and CBMs in view of advanced stage of litigation and long PTAB timeline

Intellectual Ventures II LLC v. JP Morgan Chase & Co. et al. Case Number: 1:13-cv-03777 - Summary: In litigation filed June 2013 with a trial anticipated in the summer of 2015, Judge Hellerstein denied JP Morgan...more

First Application of Alice Corp. Decision to Covered Business Method Patent Review

Stewart Title Guaranty Co. v. Segin Software, LLC - In determining whether a Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review should be instituted, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) referred to the Supreme Court’s...more

Patent Filings, Decisions, Dispositions and Rehearings on September 4, 2014

Institution Decisions - In Fiserv, Inc. v. DataTreasury Corporation, CBM2014-00087, Paper 6 (September 4, 2014), the Board instituted a covered business method review of claims 1, 2, 16, 18, 22, 25, 26, 29, 36, 38–42,...more

Post-grant review, continued: Inter partes, covered business methods

In my last post, I detailed some of the most common frustrations with patent litigation and how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offers alternative ways to challenge issued patents. I provided descriptions of two of the...more

Federal Circuit Review (August 2014)

Post Grant Review of Patent Favors Stay of Litigation - In VIRTUALAGILITY INC. v. SALESFORCE.COM, INC., Appeal No. 14-1232, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court's denial of a motion to stay pending a post...more

PTAB Discovery of Secondary Considerations of Non-obviousness: How to Get Necessary Prior Authorization

Discovery limitations play an important role in the differences between district court patent litigation and actions at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). So far, the PTAB has placed significant restrictions on...more

Board Issues First Precedential Opinion

An ongoing and (surprisingly) often-raised issue in Covered Business Method Reviews has led the Board to issue its first Precedential opinion in an AIA post-grant proceeding. ...more

Stewart Title Guaranty Co. v. Segin Software, LLC (PTAB 2014)

On April 12, 2013, Segin Software sued Stewart Title and several other parties for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 8,165,939. The defendants filed a petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office requesting post-grant...more

New Guidance From the Federal Circuit on Motions to Stay Litigation Pending a PTAB Proceeding

In VirtualAgility Inc. v. Salesforce.com, Inc., No. 2014-1232 (July 10, 2014), the Federal Circuit issued its first opinion directed to the issue of when it is appropriate to grant a stay of a district court patent...more

Case Alert -- Federal Circuit Reverses District Court Denying Stay Pending Covered Business Method Review

On July 10, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in VirtualAgility Inc. v. Salesforce.com, Inc., in which it reversed the district court’s order denying Salesforce’s motion to stay the district court suit pending...more

Federal Circuit Orders Stay Pending Completion of CBM Review

Applying section 18(a)(1) of the America Invents Act (AIA) to an issue of first impression, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a district court, ordering a stay of the district court...more

The Patentability Exclusion for "Abstract Ideas" is Even More Abstract Post-Alice

In Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 2014 U.S. Lexis 4303 (June 19, 2014, No. 13-298) the Supreme Court once again addressed what has been termed "business method" patents in the context of determining whether...more

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