PTAB Says Privacy Management Patent Covers Abstract Idea

Law360 (October 11, 2019, 7:17 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated a OneTrust patent related to privacy management software on Thursday, finding it covered only an abstract idea.

The board’s decision came in an America Invents Act post-grant review requested by AvePoint, a New Jersey software developer. The board found the patent was directed to a mental process — one of the categories of abstract ideas outlined in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office guidance.

“After considering the entire record, we determine that AvePoint has demonstrated by a preponderance of the evidence that [the patent’s claims] do not recite patent eligible subject matter ... and thus,...

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