Covered Business Method Patents

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HP Inc. v. Big Baboon, Inc. (PTAB 2016) - Business Method Patent Not Invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101

HP Inc. and SAP America, Inc. filed a Petition seeking a covered business method (CBM) patent review of claims 15 and 20–34 of U.S. Patent No. 6,343,275 owned by Big Baboon, Inc. The PTAB, however, determined that the...more

Packing Your Patent Application for Europe: Avoiding Problems Under European Patent Law

Planning an extended European vacation for your patent application? A lengthy stay in Munich with possible outings to The Hague, Berlin, Vienna, or Brussels? While your patent application won’t be strolling through the...more

PTAB Still Divided Over What Patents Qualify for CBM Review

Last month, we noted two recent Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions that appeared to signal a more exacting standard for defining what patents may qualify as covered business method patents, focused on finding a...more

Two Years After Alice: A Survey of the Impact of a "Minor Case" (Part 1)

Two years ago this Sunday, the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. Pty Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l addressed a relatively narrow issue: does a claim reciting a generic computer implementation transform an abstract idea into a...more

Corelogic, Inc. v. Boundary Solutions, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

Patent Directed to Geographic Parcel Boundary Maps (for Tax Purposes) Not a Covered Business Method - On May 24, 2016, the U.S. Patent Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision denying institution of...more

Patentable subject matter: Inventive test for assessing substance of an invention

In Australia, one requisite for patentability is patent-eligible subject matter. This area has been in a state of flux lately, with one area of focus being computer implemented methods and business innovations....more

Website Labeling Patent not "Financial" Enough for a CBM

Covered Business Method (CBM) petitions are limited to patents relating to “a financial product or service.” CBM petitions are generally favored by defendants over Inter Partes Review (IPR) petitions by allowing a defendant...more

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

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

Supreme Court Vacates Alice in view of #AliceStorm

In a little-noticed order issued recently, the Supreme Court vacated the Alice decision. This comes less than a month after this tweet made the rounds in the patent community...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

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