Thursday, November 17, 2016

PTAB - Global Tel*Link Corp. v. Securus Technologies - Covered Business Method Challenge Terminated Since Patent Not Related to Financial Product or Service

In Global Tel*Link Corp v. Securus Technologies, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) terminated covered business method (CBM) proceeding of U.S. Patent No. 7,860,222 B1, nearly one year after institution, because PTAB determined the '222 patent doesn't relate to a "financial product or service" as required under the American Invents Act (AIA).

See 2015 CBM00145 for details. Also see AIA § 18 (Related to 35 U.S.C. 321) stating that the Director may institute a CBM proceeding only for a patent that is a covered business method patent .... "The term 'covered business method patent' means a patent that claims a method or corresponding apparatus for performing data processing or other operations used in the practice, administration, or management of a financial product or service, except that the term does not include patents for technological inventions."

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