July 16, 2015
Since the America Invents Act (AIA) passed in 2012, Covered Business Method (CBM) reviews have become the Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of non-practicing entities, also referred to as patent trolls. Many CBM reviews have been filed seeking to invalidate patents which the owners have asserted against seemingly anyone conducting business on the internet. The first filed CBM review, which involved Versata’s product pricing method, has finally made it through the patent office and through appeal in Versata Development Group Inc. v. SAP America Inc. et al.

Beyond the impact to the parties in this particular case, the ruling also gives important guidance to all those seeking to initiate CBM reviews by addressing a number of issues of first impression. For additional information on CBM proceedings and analysis on the Versata case, please click here.