PTAB Won't Rehear Apple's AIA Challenge To Menu Patent

Law360, New York (November 20, 2015, 3:06 PM EST) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday denied a petition by Apple, Starwood Hotel and Resorts and other companies calling for it to review its earlier decision to reject their challenge of an online menu patent.

The PTAB disagreed with the companies that argued it had abused its discretion in August by not instituting a covered business method review of U.S. Patent No. 8,146,077 B2, which describes an electronic system for arranging and conveying menus, according to the decision. Apple Inc., Starwood Hotel and Resorts Worldwide Inc. and more than 30 other companies that use online ordering systems were sued for...

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