Bad News For Apple, Great News For Patent Owners

Law360, New York (November 7, 2013, 4:00 PM EST) -- According to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the range of patents that qualify for a covered business method review (CBM) is still very broad. And based upon prior decisions, and in particular the final decision in SAP v. Versata, the PTAB seemed poised to cancel a great many business method patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101 — not patentable subject matter. But a recent decision significantly changes the game.

In a CBM filed by Apple Inc. against a patent owned by Sightsound Technologies LLC, the...
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