Starbucks Corporation v. FALL LINE PATENTS, LLC

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  1. May 18, 2022

    Retail Tech Patent Narrowly Survives Another PTAB Review

    In a decision on remand from the Federal Circuit, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has again upheld a single claim in a mystery shopper patent, finding that McDonald's, Boston Market and other retailers still failed to show the technology is obvious.

  2. August 06, 2020

    PTAB Nixes Most Of Mystery Shopper Patent As Obvious

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated seven of eight claims in a Fall Line Patents invention that tracks so-called mystery shoppers, ruling that existing technology made the majority of the patent, challenged by McDonald's and a host of other food and entertainment companies, obvious.

  3. April 28, 2020

    PTAB Judge Probes Evidence In Mystery Shopper IP Case

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board judge had tough questions for both sides Tuesday in a fight about whether McDonald's Corp. and a host of food and entertainment companies can admit several printed publications to invalidate a Fall Line Patents invention that can track so-called mystery shoppers.

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