This section contains summaries of October 2019 decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) concerning 35 U.S.C. Section 101, which sets forth the four categories of patent-eligible subject matter: process, machines, manufactures, and compositions of matter.
October 2019 (5 Reviewed)
Ex Parte Cozad; 10/1/2019; TC 3600. The claims were directed to systems and methods for managing product location information. Section 101 rejections affirmed.
Ex Part Bernstein; 10/1/2019; TC 3600. The claimed invention was directed to an authorization process for high intensity medical interventions. The preamble of claim 21 recited a method for screening requests for authorization to administer diagnostic tests and therapeutic medical care procedures for patients. Section 101 rejections affirmed.
Ex Parte Hoffman et al; 10/1/2019; TC 3600; Real party in interest, Cerner Innovation, Inc. The claimed invention related to providing indications of clinical-trial criteria modifications and, more specifically, providing suggested clinical-trial criteria modifications based on comparing aggregated patient data to the criteria that might increase the number of patients eligible for a trial. Section 101 rejections affirmed.
Ex Parte Emison; 10/1/2019; TC 3600; Real party in interest, BuildFax, Inc. The claimed invention generally related to determining roof age and an associated confidence score based on roof-age data in a database for use in the homeowners insurance industry. The claimed invention related to using permit information of other properties to estimate the age of a target property’s roof, which could be used to determine whether to inspect and properly insure the target property. Section 101 rejections affirmed.
Ex Parte Krajcev et al; 10/1/2019; TC 3600; Real party in interest, Hospitality Management Technologies Solutions LLC. The claimed invention related to a method for the creation and management of hospitality programs for Olympic (and other) events, including pre-event planning, onsite logistics and management and post event activities. Section 101 rejections affirmed.