Bad News For Apple, Great News For Patent Owners

Patent Trial and Appeal Board agrees to review covered business method patent, but denies Apple’s § 101 patentable subject matter challenge.

November 07, 2013

Law360, New York (November 07, 2013, 4:00 PM ET) ‐‐ According to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the range of patents that qualify for a covered business method review (CBM) is still very broad. And based upon prior decisions, and in particular the final decision in SAP v. Versata, the PTAB seemed poised to cancel a great many business method patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101 — not patentable subject matter. But a recent decision significantly changes the game.

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