Scope Of Biz Method Patent Review Left Murky By USPTO Rules

Law360, New York (February 13, 2012, 9:17 PM EST) -- Proposed rules issued Friday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a new program aimed at subjecting some financial business method patents to post-grant review leaves open the key question of what types of patents could fall under the program's scope, attorneys said.

The so-called "transitional program for covered business method patents," created as part of last year's America Invents Act and slated to take effect in September, allows defendants accused of infringing certain patents related to data processing used in financial products and services...
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