Business Methods

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Since the courts explicitly sanctioned the patentability of business methods, this area has been rapidly evolving. MBHB's expertise in business consulting and patent law has been a valuable resource for clients developing methods of doing business. We have expertise with business method patents in such fields including:

  • e-commerce
  • finance
  • insurance
  • banking
  • taxes
  • marketing

 

At MBHB, our attorneys also have backgrounds in finance and management, and a number of our attorneys hold advanced degrees in Business Administration.

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Upcoming Events

March 10, 2015
MBHB Partner Paul Berghoff is a Featured Panelist at This IPO-Sponsored Program
March 19, 2015
April 16-18, 2015
MBHB Partner Bradley Hulbert Is a Featured Presenter
May 21, 2015
May 22, 2015
MBHB Partner Bradley Hulbert Is a Featured Presenter

Past Event

February 25, 2015
MBHB Attorneys Andrew W. Williams, Ph.D. and John "Jay" M. Schafer Are the Featured Presenters
February 17, 2015
MBHB Partner Andrew W. Williams, Ph.D. is a Featured Panelist at this ABA Sponsored Webinar
February 5, 2015
MBHB Partner James Suggs is the Featured Presenter at this COIN Sponsored Program
January 20, 2015
MBHB Attorneys Donald L. Zuhn, Jr., Ph.D., Kevin E. Noonan, Ph.D. and Michael S. Borella, Ph.D. Are the Featured Presenters
November 20, 2014
MBHB Partners Alison Baldwin and Rory Shea Are the Featured Presenters

Publications

Winter 2015 (snippets)
It has been about 9 months since Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International was decided by the Supreme Court. In that time, many district court and Federal Circuit cases have resulted in grants of summary judgment or dismissal based on findings of patent invalidity. Specifically, courts have found the patents at issue to be directed to patent-ineligible subject matter based on the two part framework laid out in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., as reiterated and refined in Alice.
Winter 2015 (snippets)
In a 9-0 decision authored by Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court held on January 21, 2015 that trademark tacking is a question of fact, which should be decided by a jury. The case, Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, sought to resolve the circuit split regarding this issue of whether a judge or a jury should decide the issue of trademark tacking.
Winter 2015 (snippets)
Anticipation is easy enough to establish if the prior art expressly sets forth each of the elements of the claims. However, more interesting issues of proof arise when one or more elements of the claims are not expressly stated in the prior art, but following the prior art necessarily yields the missing elements of the claim.
Winter 2015 (snippets)
This article highlights some of the takeaway lessons from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decisions and guidance with regard to three of the most important issues: the content of the substitute claim set, the burden of proof, and the requirement of the patent holder to establish patentability of the substitute claims.
Winter 2015 (snippets)
Foreign patent filing decisions should take into account all of the potential additional costs associated with filing, prosecution, and annuity fees, as well as translation and legal service costs for hiring patent practitioners in each jurisdiction. In this article, five tips are discussed for developing a cost-effective strategy for obtaining foreign patent protection.
February 5, 2015 (snippets Alert)
MBHB snippets Alert - February 5, 2015

On February 4, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“PTAB” or “Board”) first inter partes review (“IPR”) Final Written Decision. In fact, In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC. was the first appeal of any IPR Final Written Decision, and it related to the first IPR ever filed. As such, this case was significant not only for its substance, but for what the Federal Circuit said regarding some of the more controversial rules promulgated by the Patent Office for IPR proceedings. With regard to the substance of this case, the Federal Circuit agreed with the Board that the reviewed claims in Cuozzo’s patent were invalid as obvious over the prior art. In this case, the claimed technology was directed to indicating speed limits at particular locations on GPS units.
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