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Apple, Google Lose In Appeal Of Covered Business Method Patent Review

Mealey's (July 11, 2018, 1:49 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Patent Trial and Appeal Board applied an incorrect legal standard when determining that a patent qualifies as a covered business method (CBM), the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 11 (Apple Inc., et al., v. ContentGuard Holdings Inc., No. 16-2548, Fed. Cir.).

(Decision available.  Document #16-180716-040Z.)

To that end, the appellate panel of Circuit Judges Jimmie V. Reyna, William C. Bryson and Todd M. Hughes noted that although ContentGuard Holdings Inc.’s U.S. patent No. 7,774,280 describes embodiments where its system...
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