Covered Business Method Proceedings

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Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Computerized Restaurant Ordering Menu Patents Found to Be Directed to Unpatentable Subject Matter - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reviewed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision in three...more

Federal Circuit Firmly Rejects PTAB Criteria For Covered Business Method Review - Brooks Kushman Post-Grant

In a recent panel decision that deviates from the Federal Circuit’s current tendency to defer to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s interpretation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the court vacated a final written...more

Patent Invalidity Offense: When Is District Court Action the Better Option Over IPR, PGR or CBM?

It’s Monday morning after the Thanksgiving holiday. Easing back into the workweek with the lingering effects of turkey, stuffing and a miraculous Ohio State victory still sapping my brain, I open the court docket report....more

A Patent Does Not Become a CBM Patent Because its Practice Could Involve a Potential Sale of a Product or Service

In Unwired Planet, LLC, v. Google, Inc., [2015-1812] (November 21, 2016) the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the PTAB’s final written decision in Covered Business Method Patent Review No. 2014-00006, that found the...more

Disclaimer of Financial Claims May Avoid Eligibility for CBM Review

In defining what patents qualify as covered business method (CBM) patents under 37 CFR § 42.301(a), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) continues to reach diverse and divided panel decisions. Various PTAB cases...more

Federal Circuit Reins in PTAB’s Use of CBM Reviews

In Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., Case No. 2015-1812 (Fed. Cir. November 21, 2016), the Federal Circuit rejected the PTAB’s broad application of CBM reviews to claims that are merely “incidental” or “complementary” to...more

How Much Did the Federal Circuit Narrow Eligibility for Covered Business Method Review?

Earlier this week, the Federal Circuit narrowed the types of patents eligible for covered business method (CBM) review. In Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., Case No. 15-1812, (Fed. Cir. Nov. 21, 2016) (“Unwired Planet”),...more

PTAB’s Definition of CBM Patent is Wrong and Too Broad, Federal Circuit Says

The America Invents Act (“AIA”) mandates that a Covered Business Method Review is available only for challenging the validity of covered business method patents. On November 21, 2016, the Federal Circuit ruled in Unwired...more

Alert: Federal Circuit Narrows the Types of Patents That Can Be Challenged in a Covered Business Method Review

In many ways, inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) review are equivalent proceedings to challenge an issued patent efficiently. CBM proceedings have a key benefit in that they are not limited to...more

PTAB Post-Grant Fees Slated To Increase

The USPTO recently announced a proposed new fee schedule in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in search of revenue to recover its projected $3 billion aggregated operating costs for the 2017 fiscal year. If enacted, it...more

For CBMs, the Name of the Game is a Financially Limited Claim

In two recently denied petitions for covered business method (CBM) review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) provided further guidance on what claimed subject matter is eligible for CBM review. BMC Software,...more

Avoiding CBM Proceedings Through Statutory Disclaimers: A Case-Study and a Look to the Future

Like a lizard shedding its tail to avoid capture, patent owners continue to escape Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings by disclaiming claims clearly directed to financial products or services. Despite growing tension...more

Four Things You Need to Know: Summary of the 2016 Amendments to Practice Before the PTAB

On April 1, 2016, the Patent Office announced several changes to practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). On April 27, 2016, the Patent Office announced a minor correction to those rules. Here are four...more

Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. J. Crew Group, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2016)

Eastern District of Texas and PTAB Issue Conflicting Decisions on Same Patent - IV sued J. Crew for patent infringement of three patents: U.S. Patent Nos. RE43,715, 6,782,370, and 5,969,324. J. Crew filed a Motion to...more

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. v. Intellectual Ventures I LLC (PTAB 2016)

Sally Beauty (Petitioner) filed a Petition requesting a review under the transitional program for covered business method (CBM) patents of U.S. Patent No. 5,969,324, owned by Intellectual Ventures I LLC (IV)....more

Of Technical Tools and Problems: Going Beyond the Two-Prong Alice Test

It is abundantly clear that the Supreme Court's 2014 Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision has significantly changed the patent-eligibility landscape for business methods and some types of software inventions. For instance, in...more

The PTAB Review - August 2016

Covered Business Method Patent Review: What Constitutes a Financial Product or Service? Along with inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR), the America Invents Act (AIA) created a transitional program for...more

Life Technologies Corporation v. Unisone Strategic IP, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

Life Technologies Corp. filed a petition requesting covered business method (CBM) patent review of a number of claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,996,538. The PTAB determined that the claims are unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101...more

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

Patent Due Diligence and Evaluation After the AIA

Many factors must be considered for due diligence and valuation of a patent portfolio. The patent owner’s desire to have broad claims that capture a large number of infringements must be tempered against its need for claims...more

Perspectives On The PTAB - Inaugural Issue

We are pleased to share this Perspectives on the PTAB newsletter. Its content is directed toward providing information and analysis of the decisions made by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. We hope that this newsletter...more

PTAB Provides Procedural Guidance, Designates Five Opinions as Precedential

On May 10, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) designated five post-grant trial decisions as precedential, bring the total number of precedential decisions in inter partes review (IPR) and covered business...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

Supreme Court Upholds the PTAB’s Status Quo in Cuozzo

On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, which unanimously upheld the “broadest reasonable construction” claim construction standard (BRI) used by the Patent Trial and...more

Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee (2016) -- Question 2 -- PTAB Shenanigans and Reviewability

The saga of the first-filed IPR petition (IPR2012-00001) came to a close today when the Supreme Court decided the Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee case. We have been following this case ever since the PTAB issued its...more

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