Tag Archive for covered business method

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…

The STOP Act in the House Looks to Deal With Bad Software Patents

Congress continues to focus on the patent troll problem. Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Judy Chu (D-CA) have just introduced the Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents Act (STOP Act) to expand the Covered Business Method review program at the PTO. This bipartisan bill is very similar to the Patent Quality Improvement Act that Senator Schumer…

Concern Trolls “Worry” About Covered Business Method Review

As expected, once some ideas to deal with patent trolls were proposed by the President, the concern trolls came out in force to express “concern” about “uncertainty” and a possible, unexplained, negative effect on innovation. In short, the concern trolls tell us inventors will stop inventing, technology will stagnate, society will collapse, and Two and a…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: June 14 Edition

Hi there!  No, this week wasn’t quite as eventful as last week.  (If you missed the big patent news, check out last week’s roundup.)  But we still have some news you don’t want to miss. First up, on Saturday June 8, our own Matt Levy’s Letter to the Editor was published in the New York Times, in…

How Covered Business Method Review Can Help Beat Back the Trolls

The term “Covered Business Method” seems a bit dry, but if you’re interested in making life tougher for patent trolls you’ll get acquainted with it. Last week, I focused on one of the Obama Administration’s Executive Actions: the effort to tighten functional claiming. That Executive Action is directed to stopping the flow of new, overbroad…