Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB Decision in Online Marketing System Patent Dispute

    Private: Amanda Doran

    On May 8, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision in the matter of In Re: Bernard Jobin, in which the PTAB found that Jobin’s patent “directed to an online collaborative content management system for online product development” was unpatentable due to its abstract nature.

    The PTAB found that “in spite of the claims reciting an online system, data structure, server and user devices,” Jobin failed to prove that the claimed elements improved the computer or its components’ functionality.

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