Patent Board Grants Covered Business Method Review Of Inventory Patent

(July 15, 2016, 8:50 AM EDT) -- ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A method and system for electronic inventory tracking by a third party is likely unpatentable under 35 U.S. Code Section 101, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board indicated July 5 (Life Technologies Corp. v. Unisone Strategic IP, No. CBM2016-00025, PTAB).

(Decision available. Document #16-160718-012Z.)

The board found that “one can order inventory using pen and paper or by telephone,” “manually provide access to written down inventory information, and mentally classify customers . . . into groups having assigned permission or roles.” Accordingly, the...
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