On May 2, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer introduced a small but important senate bill (S. 866) that would expand post-grant review (PGR) to a patent claiming a method or apparatus for performing data processing or other operations used in the practice, administration, or management of an enterprise, product, or service. Currently, the transitional business method patent review is limited to business methods used in financial products and services. This bill would allow a PGR challenge to all business method patents under 35 USC 101, 102, 103, and/or 112. Senator Schumer's press release gives details. This bill would make business method patent review a permanent law.
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