Versata Patent 1st To Undergo USPTO's Biz Method Review

Law360, New York (January 10, 2013, 4:15 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office agreed Wednesday to review a Versata Software Inc. patent that SAP America Inc. was ordered to pay $391 million for infringing, the first case the office has instituted under a new America Invents Act program to scrutinize business method patents.

The office ruled that SAP has shown that Versata's patent, which covers a way of organizing pricing data, is more likely than not unpatentable because it claims an abstract idea and is anticipated by prior art. It granted SAP's petition...
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