IP Litigation Team Obtains Landmark Victory for SAP in First-Ever CBM Trial Under AIA

In The News
June 12, 2013

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on June 11, 2013 issued a final written decision ruling in favor of SAP America, Inc. and SAP AG in SAP America Inc. v. Versata Development Group Inc., finding all five challenged claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,553,350 invalid for failure to claim patent-eligible subject matter.  

This case was the first-ever covered business method (CBM) review trial initiated under the new post-grant patent challenge proceedings created by Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA), and the decision is the first final written decision issued by the PTAB under the new AIA proceedings. 

The '350 Patent is titled “Method and apparatus for pricing products in multi-level product and organizational groups.”

Ropes & Gray partner James Batchelder represented SAP in related litigation.

Ropes & Gray is counsel on more CBM petitions challenging patents on behalf of our clients than any other law firm.