1st AIA Review Hearing Less Like A Trial Than Expected

Law360, New York (April 17, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT) -- The first-ever hearing in an America Invents Act post-grant proceeding on Wednesday suggests that these reviews at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will have far more in common with oral arguments than with a typical court trial, attorneys say.

During the two-hour hearing, the judges on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board questioned counsel for SAP America Inc. about its claim that a Versata Software Inc. patent for a way of organizing pricing data is an unpatentable abstract idea, and pressed Versata's attorney on his...
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