Covered Business Method Patents

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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

Walker Digital v. Google: Stay Pending CBM Review Denied Where Discovery Was Complete and Stay Would Prejudice the Plaintiff

After the PTAB instituted a CBM review of the patents-in-suit, Google sought a stay of the litigation pending resolution of CBM review by the PTAB. The district court explained that "[c]ourts consider four factors when...more

Board Accelerates Covered Business Method Review to Reduce Duplicative Litigation

In Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. v. DataTreasury Corporation, CBM2014-00020, Paper 23 CBM2014-00021, Paper 24 (July 11, 2014...more

Federal Circuit Favors Stay of Litigation Pending CBMR

In Virtualagility Inc. v. Salesforce.com, Inc., [2014-1232] (July 20. 2014), the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s denial of a stay of an infringement suit pursuant to AIA § 18(b)(1) pending disposition of a...more

Federal Circuit Reverses District Court and Orders Stay Pending Covered Business Method Patent Review

On July 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed a statutory provision of the recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA) that permits a stay of a district court patent litigation pending a Covered...more

CBM Can Turn The Tables In Patent Litigation

New patent infringement lawsuits fill the dockets every morning. The asserted patents are often directed to a process involving financial services or products, electronic commerce or monetary matters. The patents may...more

Federal Circuit: Eastern District of Texas Should Have Stayed Litigation Pending USPTO Covered Business Method Review Proceeding

Covered Business Method Review (CBM) proceedings for challenging patents at the USPTO are more attractive than ever now that the Federal Circuit reversed an Eastern District of Texas judge’s denial of a motion to stay pending...more

Patents Filed and Institution Decisions on July 10, 2014

New Petitions Filed - Actavis, Inc. filed IPR2014-01126 (July 10, 2014) challenging U.S. Patent No. RE38,551. NEC Corporation of America filed IPR2014-001131 (July 10, 2014) challenging U.S. Patent No. 6,819.923,...more

Docs @ BIO -- Federal District Court vs. the PTAB

Yesterday, BIO 2014 presented a session entitled "Navigating Patent Challenges Under the America Invents Act" during which the presenters analyzed the differences between patent challenges in Federal District Court and before...more

Alice is Unanimous – The Latest on Software and Business Methods Patents from the U.S. Supreme Court

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed their earlier ruling on patent claims involving computers and software. For the most part, those companies and inventors who have business methods patents, software...more

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