USPTO Asks To Toss Suit Over Biz Method Definition

Law360, New York (May 17, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday sought the dismissal of Versata Software Inc.'s complaint alleging the office uses too broad a definition of a business method patent in a new patent review program, saying the suit is barred by the America Invents Act.

According to the USPTO, the America Invents Act, which created the business method patent review program, only allows for appeals to the Federal Circuit when the review is complete. The Eastern District of Virginia therefore lacks jurisdiction over Versata's suit challenging...
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