Fed. Circ. Affirms Medical Billing Patent Invalid Under Alice

Law360, New York (March 13, 2017, 4:38 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's rejection of an application for a patent on a method of electronically transferring patient medical records over a network, saying the concept is abstract and therefore not patent-eligible under Alice.

In a per curiam opinion, the three-judge panel said the claims of inventor Angadbir Singh Salwan's U.S. Patent Application Number 12/587,101 are unpatentable because they cover the abstract idea of billing insurance companies and organizing patient health information. In its landmark decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, the Supreme Court held that abstract ideas implemented...

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