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United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
November 29, 2016, Decided
2015-1703, 2015-1704, 2015-1792, 2015-1793
[*1234] [***1848] Reyna, Circuit Judge.
In this appeal, we review Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions in three Covered Business Method ("CBM") reviews. The decisions addressed the subject matter eligibility of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,384,850 ("'850 patent"), U.S. Patent No. 6,871,325 ("'325 patent"), and U.S. Patent No. 6,982,733 ("'733 patent"). For the reasons explained below, we affirm-in-part and reverse-in-part.
Ameranth, Inc. ("Ameranth") owns the patents, which disclose computer systems with hardware and software.1 The patent specifications disclose a first menu that has categories and items, and software that can generate a second menu from that first menu by allowing categories and items to be selected. Claim 1 in the [**4] '850 patent recites:
1. An information management and synchronous communications system for generating and transmitting menus comprising:
a. a central processing unit,
b. a data storage device connected to said central processing unit,
c. an operating system including a graphical user interface,
d. a first menu consisting of menu categories, said menu categories consisting of menu items, said first menu stored on said data storage device and displayable in a window of said graphical user interface in a hierarchical tree format,
e. a modifier menu stored on said data storage device and displayable in a window of said graphical user interface,
f. a sub-modifier menu stored on said data storage device and displayable in a window of said graphical user interface, and
g. application software for generating a second menu from said first menu and transmitting said second menu to a wireless handheld computing device or Web page,
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842 F.3d 1229 *; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21277 **; 120 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1844 ***
APPLE, INC., DOMINO'S PIZZA, INC., DOMINO'S PIZZA, LLC, FANDANGO, LLC, OPENTABLE, INC., Appellants v. AMERANTH, INC., Cross-Appellant;AMERANTH, INC., Appellant v. AGILYSYS, INC., EXPEDIA, INC., FANDANGO, LLC, HOTEL TONIGHT, INC., HOTWIRE, INC., HOTELS.COM, L.P., KAYAK SOFTWARE CORPORATION, LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT, INC., ORACLE CORPORATION, ORBITZ, LLC, OPENTABLE, INC., PAPA JOHN'S USA, INC., STUBHUB, INC., TICKETMASTER, LLC, TRAVELOCITY.COM LLP, WANDERSPOT LLC, DOMINO'S PIZZA, INC., DOMINO'S PIZZA, LLC, MOBO SYSTEMS, INC., EVENTBRITE, INC., BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC., HYATT CORPORATION, MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS WORLDWIDE INC., USABLENET, INC., APPLE, INC., HILTON RESORTS CORP., HILTON WORLDWIDE, INC., HILTON INTERNATIONAL CO., Appellees
Prior History: [**1] Appeals from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, in No. CBM2014-00013.
Appeals from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, in Nos. CBM2014-00015, CBM2014-00016.
Disposition: AFFIRMED IN PART AND REVERSED IN PART.
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