Covered Business Method Patents

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No 102(e) Prior Art in a CBMR

In Trulia, Inc, v. Zillow, Inc., CBM2013-00056, Paper 19 (April 10, 2014), it was called to the Board’s attention that the prior art relied upon in the petition was 102(e) which is not proper prior art for a covered business...more

PTAB Reluctant to Exclude Evidence - Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Progressive Casualty Insurance Co.

In the final written decisions of two related covered business method (CBM) patent reviews of the same patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) sided with the petitioner,...more

Will the Supreme Court Save Business Method Patents? Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13-298

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l (No. 13-298) to decide “[w]hether claims to computer-implemented inventions . . . are directed to patent-eligible subject matter...more

Stay Pending Resolution of Covered Business Method Review Denied Where Case Was Narrow and Trial Date Was Already Set

Plaintiff SecureBuy, LLC ("SecureBuy") filed a Motion to Stay Proceedings pending resolution of a Covered Business Methods ("CBM") review at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board ("PTAB"). When the motion was stayed, the PTAB...more

The Two Front War: Concurrent CBM and IPR

In comScore, Inc. v. Moat, Inc., IPR2013-00503, Paper 16 (March 17, 2014), the Board considered the parties motion to harmonize this inter partes review with a recently filed covered business method review, CMB2014-00071 on...more

A Rebuttal to The Economist's "Stalking Trolls"

On March 8th, The Economist published an article deriding both so-called "patent trolls" and "software patents" as being impediments to innovation in the United States. Unfortunately, as we have seen all too often when the...more

Emblaze v. Apple: Court Declines to Stay the Case Pending the United States Supreme Court's Decision in Akamai v. Limelight...

In this patent infringement action between Emblaze and Apple, Apple filed a motion to stay the case pending the recent grant of certiorari in Akamai v. Limelight Networks. In Akamai, a divided en banc Federal Circuit panel...more

Claims Directed to Real Estate Appraisal Techniques Not Patent-Eligible - Interthinx, Inc., v. Corelogic Solutions, LLC

Addressing the issue of whether claims directed to real estate appraisal techniques were patent-eligible, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board), in a Covered Business Method (CBM) post-grant review, determined the claims...more

Covered Business Method Review Is All or Nothing - Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Progressive Casualty Insurance Co.

In the final written decision of the second covered business method (CBM) patent review, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) cancelled all claims under review, noting that instituting a CBM review based on a...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to...more

Patent Holders Beware in America Invents Act Review Proceedings

The impact of the new post-grant review provisions of the America Invents Act (“AIA”) are beginning to be felt. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) recently issued an opinion invalidating key claims of a patent in...more

Do These Sequence Analysis Method Patents Satisfy Section 101?

According to an article on Law360, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. is challenging the validity of two Genetic Technologies Ltd. patents on the basis that the claimed intron sequence analysis methods recite natural phenomena that do...more

12 Observations on Covered Business Method Review

CBM: When the America Invents Act (AIA) was passed in 2011, it ushered in a number of new post-grant options to challenge and defend patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Oce. One of these newly-created...more

Extensive Prior Examination of Patent-In-Suit Justifies Denial of Stay Pending CBM Review before Patent Office

VirtualAgility, Inc. ("VirtualAgility) filed a patent infringement action against Salesforce.com, Inc. ("Salesforce") over a patent purporting to cover processes and tools that provide a common framework for communicating...more

The Year Ahead in Patent Law

2014 promises to be an eventful year in patent law. On the legislative front, several patent reform initiatives have been introduced, including House and Senate bills to broaden the definition of CBM patents and crack down on...more

Federal Circuit Limits ITC Power over Induced Infringement

On December 13, 2013, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released an opinion in Suprema v. International Trade Commission that significantly restricts the scope of the International Trade Commission (“ITC”)’s power...more

Summary Judgment Granted Where District Court Determined Patent Was Not Infringed Because Not All of Infringing Steps of Method...

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ("ADP") filed a declaratory judgment action against Wellogix, Inc., and Wellogix Technology Licensing LLC ("Wellogix") for a determination that ADP does not infringe a Wellogix method patent on...more

Recent Developments of Note in Inter Partes and CBM Review Proceedings

Three patent cases highlight both the potential advantages and potential limitations of Inter Partes and Covered Business Method strategies before the PTAB. In the last two weeks the Patent and Trial and Appeal Board...more

The Futility of Petitioning Congress (After the Fix Is In): Stakeholders Tell Judiciary Committee What's Wrong with Goodlatte Bill...

What everybody doesn't seem to know is how to get Congress to listen to the needs of the innovation community when well-heeled sectors put their lobbying and financial support in favor of legislation purportedly aimed at...more

Business Litigation Report -- September 2013

In This Issue: ..Private Antitrust Litigation in the UK ..First Decision by PTO Under America Invents Act Invalidates Business Method Patent ..September 2013: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation...more

First Decision by PTO Under America Invents Act Invalidates Business Method Patent

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”) recently issued its first decision under the transitional program for covered business method (“CBM”) patents—a creation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”)—in...more

District Court Refuses to Review USPTO Decision to Institute Post Grant Review of Versata Covered Business Method Patent

In Versata Development Corp. v. Rea, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed Versata’s challenge of the PTAB’s decision to institute post grant review of its patent for lack of jurisdiction....more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - June 2013

In This Issue: *News from the Bench - Unanimous Supreme Court Ruling on Gene Patentability: Natural DNA “No”/ cDNA “Yes” - CAFC Reverses Denial of Permanent Injunction Based on Perceived Future...more

Three New Tools to Challenge Patents

Among the most significant changes made by the America Invents Act (AIA) are the provisions that permit a business to challenge a patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in litigation-type proceedings, but at a lower...more

A Quick Look at the First Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decision in a Covered Business Method Patent Proceeding, SAP America, Inc....

On June 11, 2013, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its first final decision in a covered business method patent (CBM) proceeding, in SAP America, Inc. v. Versata Development Group, Inc. (CBM2012-00001)....more

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