Petition for Covered Business Method Patent Review by Informatica Corporation, CBM2015-00010 (PTAB May 11, 2015, Order) (Petravick, APJ)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Database Security Patent Involves “Financial Product or Service” Required for CBM Review
In granting institution of covered business method review of a database security system patent on § 101 grounds, the Board found that the patent was directed to a financial product or service. "Patent Owner states that Petitioner does not cite to 'any single word in any single claim' that is directed to a financial product of service, none of the prior art cited by Petitioner is directed to a financial product or service, and Petitioner does not cite any examples of actual financial products that employ the method of the claims.' . . . The Specification discloses that protection attributes are used to protect against unauthorized access of a data portion in a database and that banking is a field where protection against unauthorized access to databases that are used for administering and storing sensitive information is desired. . . . Banking is a financial activity. . . . [W]e determine that Petitioner establishes that at least claim 1 recites a method or corresponding apparatus for performing data processing or other operations used in the practice, administration, or management of a financial product or service."