Tag Archive for covered business method

IPR Successes: The Next Five Years

Over the past month, I’ve shown just how successful the inter partes review (IPR) program has been in its first five years.  IPR has saved billions of dollars and helped everyone from city governments to realtors to the targets of patent trolls funded by foreign countries.  Those stories are listed below: IPR Successes: Trolls and…

Previewing ContentGuard v. Apple and Google at the Federal Circuit

This Thursday, June 8, the Federal Circuit will hold oral argument in ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. v. Apple, Inc. and in ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. v Google, Inc.  (The Google case also includes a number of major Android phone manufacturers, such as Samsung, HTC, and Motorola.)  Both cases have roughly similar histories, and both appeals deal with…

Patent Progress’s Guide to Patent Reform Legislation

The US Capitol Dome

There are now twelve bills that have been introduced this Congress to deal with some aspect of the patent troll issue. We thought it might be helpful to give you a quick rundown of each of the currently pending bills: Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) Patent Transparency and Improvements Act (S. 1720) Patent Quality Improvement Act…

Over 2 dozen organizations from diverse industries support making CBM widely available

Today a group of 26 organizations (including CCIA) sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committee leadership endorsing legislation to make Covered Business Method review more widely available in order to help combat patent trolls. The organizations represent a wide variety of industries, including airlines, supermarkets, hotels, chain restaurants, realtors, retailers, and the…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: September 6 Edition

Happy Friday! This week brought new studies on patent trolls.  One study, by PatentFreedom, brought even more proof that expanding Covered Business Method (CBM) review is essential to help #fixpatents, as the number of trolls using business method patents has increased from 168 to 1423 in eight years; almost 40% of trolls use a business…

New Study by PatentFreedom Shows We Need Expanded CBM Review

If there were ever any doubt that expanding the Covered Business Method review program would have a major impact on the patent troll problem, a newly released study from PatentFreedom should put those doubts to rest. According to the study, patent trolls’ use of business method patents is increasing quickly, and more and more non-tech…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: August 2 Edition

Good morning!  Here’s some patent news from this week.  On Tuesday, a whole bunch of prominent companies (many in non-tech industries, like retail and food) sent a letter to Congress encouraging them to expand Covered Business Method (CBM) review; Patent Progress has pointed out repeatedly ([1], [2], [3]) that expanding CBM review is the most…

Momentum Increases for Expanding Covered Business Method Review

Image of the Dos Equis man saying, "I don't always ask the PTO to review troll patents, but when I do, I use covered business method review"

I’ve told you before why any attempt to deal with patent trolls has to include an expansion of the Covered Business Method (CBM) review program. (Here, here and here.) Short version: This expansion would allow the USPTO to review more business method patents that are being asserted through litigation or threats of litigation. It’s cheaper…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: July 26 Edition

Hi readers!  Congressional support for patent reform continues to grow.  On Monday, Rep. Issa and Rep. Chu introduced the Stopping the Offense Use of Patents (STOP Act).  That bill prompted Matt Levy to release Patent Progress’s Guide to Patent Reform Legislation, which has summaries of the six pending bills:  SHIELD Act (H.R. 845), Patent Quality…