Apple Seeks Covered Business Method Review Of Hospitality IT Patent

Mealey's (April 29, 2016, 7:19 AM EDT) -- ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Asserting obviousness under pre-America Invents Act 35 U.S. Code Sections 103 and 112, Apple Inc. on April 4 petitioned the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for covered business method (CBM) review of a patent that facilitates the computerization of hospitality-related activities, such as the ordering of food (Apple Inc. v. Ameranth Inc., No. CBM2016-00053, PTAB).

(Petition available. Document #16-160502-018C.)

According to Apple, Ameranth Inc.’s U.S. patent No. 9,009,060 — which claims “an information management and synchronous communications system and method [that] facilitates...
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