Versata Patent Targeted By Ford Ineligible For CBM Review

By Matthew Bultman (March 15, 2017, 8:42 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board declined Wednesday to institute an America Invents Act covered business method review of a Versata Development Group Inc. software patent that was challenged by Ford Motor Co., finding the patent was not eligible for the review program.

The AIA states that the CBM program — which allows the PTAB to review patents on grounds not available in inter partes reviews, including that it is directed to an abstract idea — is designed for patents that are related to financial products or services.

The PTAB said Ford had not shown that Versata's patent met that criteria....

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