USPTO Has 'Improper' Ban On Game Patents, Fed. Circ. Told

By Ryan Davis (May 9, 2016, 9:39 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has misinterpreted the law on patent-ineligible abstract ideas to improperly ban patents on games, putting the casino industry at risk, the owner of a rejected patent application on a card game has told the full Federal Circuit.

In a petition for en banc rehearing filed May 2, Trading Technologies International Inc. said that a Federal Circuit panel got it wrong in March when it affirmed the USPTO's rejection of a patent application on a new set of rules for a variation on blackjack. The panel ruled the application claims only the abstract idea of rules...

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