Versata Ruling Raises More Questions Than It Answers

Law360, New York (July 3, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board made a big splash on June 11, 2013, with its first final written decision under the new covered business method post-grant review procedure established by the America Invents Act.

Six weeks after the Federal Circuit affirmed Versata’s $391 million patent infringement judgment against SAP America, the PTAB invalidated Versata’s patent claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101 for claiming patent-ineligible abstract ideas.[1]

The PTAB staunchly defended the USPTO’s broadest reasonable interpretation standard for claim construction, rejected...
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