Covered Business Method Patents

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Some Patents May Survive Alice and Myriad

Guidance published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on December 16, 2014 indicates a slight softening in its position regarding patentable subject matter. The patent community has been hard hit in the last few...more

News Flash! Exxon Patents Selling Energy!

Here's an odd one. With all of the concern about patents on business methoods run amok, and patent trolls patenting the mere application of age old ideas on the Internet, with the intense scrutiny that that USPTO appears to...more

Looking Ahead: Top IP and Technology Trends for 2015

2015 promises to be a challenging year for intellectual property law. Here is Brooks Kushman’s list of significant IP and technology law trends that clients should be prepared for in 2015....more

Does the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Make Sense?

Two of the earliest challenges to patents under the new post grant proceedings established by the America Invents Act (AIA) are now on appeal to the Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit and both appeals are taking...more

CDCA Court Swims Against the Tide of Software Patent Ineligibility in Caltech v Hughes

Patent applicants from the software and business method fields took notice after the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank International, et al. (“Alice,” 134 S. Ct. 2347...more

Impact of the Alice V. CLS Bank Decision – A Year-End Review

The Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l decision has had a significant impact on the prosecution of software-based patent applications, on the institution of 101-based covered business method patent reviews, and on...more

More Misinformation Regarding the Patent System and Non-Practicing Entities

The press has been all too eager to decry the so-called "broken" U.S. patent system and the alleged "scourge" of non-practicing entities (NPEs). However, few if any articles attempt to provide an even-handed analysis of...more

Business Method Patents Live! – Federal Circuit Finds First Patent That Survives Post-Alice Analysis

Since the Supreme Court issued its June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, federal district courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office have been...more

PTAB Applies Balancing Test in Deciding Motions to Seal Evidence

Search Am., Inc. v. TransUnion Intelligence, LLC - In an recent covered business method (CBM) patent review proceeding, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied the parties’...more

Claims Directed to a Mental Task Are Abstract, but Computerizing an Old Practice Is Not

Cambridge Assocs., LLC v. Capital Dynamics; PNC Bank et al. v. Secure Axcess - Addressing the issue of patent-eligible subject matter for covered business method (CBM) patents, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...more

Failure to Address All Graham Factors Dooms CBM Petition

Travelocity.com L.P. v. Cronos Technologies LLC - Addressing the showing required to institute covered business method (CBM) proceedings based on obviousness, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and...more

Stays Pending Covered Business Method Patent Review: VirtualAgility v. Salesforce.com

The Federal Circuit’s divided decision in VirtualAgility Inc. v. Salesforce.com, Inc. is the first major decision from the Federal Circuit interpreting the discretionary stay provision of § 18(b)(1) of the America Invents Act...more

Patent Filings, Institution Decisions and Dispositions for December 2, 2014

New Filings - Fike Corporation filed IPR2015-00341 challenging U.S. Patent No. 8,674,260, assigned to U.S. Patent No. 8,674,260....more

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Guidance on Litigation Stays Pending USPTO Post-Grant Proceedings

The Federal Circuit reversed yet another denial of a motion to stay pending a USPTO post-grant trial, this time involving a case pending in the District of Delaware. In its decision,Versata Software, Inc. v. Callidus...more

Business Method Patents in Australia: Mere Computer Implementation Not Enough

On 10 November 2014, the Australian Full Federal Court (Court) held that a method of creating an index of securities using a standard computer was a 'scheme', and hence, not a patentable invention within section 18(1)(a) of...more

Another Software Patent is Ruled Patent-Ineligible - Are Business Method and Software Patents at Risk?

On November 14, 2014, in a much-anticipated decision following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in Ultramercial, L.L.C. v. WildTangent,...more

PTAB Does Not Rely on District Court’s Markman Decision in Construing Claim Terms

SAP America, Inc. v. Arunachalam - Addressing allegations of impropriety of district court judges that purportedly led to a “tainted” claim construction ruling, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and...more

Inter Partes Review: Lessons Learned and Emerging Trends

Introduced by the America Invents Act (AIA), Inter Partes Review (IPR) first became available on September 16, 2012. “IPRs have really taken off and filings have increased over time as more and more people consider how useful...more

Method Implemented on Generic Computers Is Not Patent Eligible, but Method for Processing Paper Checks Is

Salesforce.com, Inc. v. Virtualagility, Inc. and U.S. Bancorp v. Solutrain, Inc. - In a pair of covered business method (CBM) decisions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or...more

Australian Full Federal Court Confirms Position On The Patentability Of Computer-Implemented Business Methods

RESEARCH AFFILIATES LLC V COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS [2014] FCAFC 150 - The Full Court of the Australian Federal Court has handed down its much awaited decision in Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents [2014]...more

No Collateral Attacks on Stay Decision Pending Completion of CBM Review

Benefit Funding Sys., LLC v. Advance Amer. Cash Advance Centers Inc. - Addressing a motion to stay district court litigation pending a covered business method (CBM) review, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

Patent Filings and Institution Decisions for October 30, 2014

New Filings - Apple, Inc., filed IPR2015-00185, challenging U.S. Patent No. 7,921,211, assigned to Virtnex, Inc. ...more

Do-Gooders Need Not Apply

According to its mission statement, Consumer Watchdog is a non-profit entity “dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and...more

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

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