Progressive's Biz Method Patents Obvious, PTAB Hears

Law360, Washington (October 28, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT) -- Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. on Monday asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board to nix two Progressive Casualty Insurance Co.-covered business method patents for adjusting existing insurance policies online, saying the patents were invalid due to obviousness.

At a hearing that followed a petition by Liberty Mutual for review under the America Invents Act, counsel for the insurer, James R. Myers of Ropes & Gray LLP, told the PTAB that Progressive's patents merely automate manual processes through use of the Internet,...
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