Petition for Covered Business Method Patent Review by Informatica Corporation, CBM2015-00021 (PTAB June 1, 2015, Order) (Turner, APJ)
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Data Security Patent “Incidental or Complementary” to Financial Activity Subject to CBM Review
The Board granted institution of covered business method review of a data security patent and rejected the patent owner's argument that the challenged patent was not directed to a financial product or service. "Patent Owner [argues] that the Petition 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. . . . [A]t least one claim claims a method for performing data processing or other operations that are at least incidental or complementary to the practice, administration, or management of a financial product or service. . . .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."