How They Won It: Finnegan, Ropes Win 1st-Ever AIA Challenge

By Bill Donahue (July 19, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT) -- When attorneys from Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP teamed up to win the first-ever patent challenge under the America Invents Act for SAP America Inc. last month, they did so by diving headfirst into uncharted waters.

The story goes back to 2007, with SAP duking it out for more than five years with Versata Software Inc. over accusations that the tech giant was infringing five Versata patents for product-pricing software. SAP eventually succeeded in paring away four of the patents, but infringement claims based on U.S. Patent Number 6,553,350 stuck around.

In 2011, a...

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