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Business Patents
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Abstract Invention Protection
Creates A Real And Useful Result
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The “Business Method” patent, “Computer Code” patent, “App” patent, etc. are all a specialized for of the Utility Patent and apply the same regulations, rules, and best practices.   
The Court has, however, stated that claims drawn to a method of doing business should not be categorized as a “business method” claim, instead they should be treated like any other [Utility Patent] process claim.”
State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, Inc. 47 USPQ2d 1596, 1604 (Fed, Cir. 1998)
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The key consideration of a Business / App / Code patent is that an abstract idea, mathematical algorithm, lines of code, etc. cannot be patented, unless it can fit within a “useful art” or a useful and practical outcomes.  
In a 2014 business method case the Supreme Court’s unanimously ruled without comment concerning financial data constraints, but statements that a business method patent must “… transform that abstract idea into a patent-eligible invention” or “effect an improvement in any other technology or technical field.” In other words a business method is eligible for a patent when it results in a tangible benefit like any other patent type.
ALICE CORPORATION PTY. LTD, PETITIONER, V. CLS BANK INTERNATIONAL ET AL. No. 13-298.
Supreme Court of the United States. Argued March 31, 2014. Decided June 19, 2014.
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Examples of business / Apps / Code patents include:
  • Financial data processing (most common).
  • Methods of playing games.
  • Method of teaching.
  • Methods of improving crop yields.
  • Other process claims which may be labeled a “business method” and are classified and examined according to their technology.
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Fees And Fee Examples
Each patent is different based on invention requirements and inventor need. Fees are a combination of Fortress PATENTS / IP professional service fess and USPTO filing, search, and examination fees.
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Fee Quotes and Fee Schedules
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Fee Examples
Fees vary based on service choice and inventor patent strength choices.
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Fee - 2016.09.29 - Summary BusinessPermanent Patent – This examples shows a temporary patent application filing to lock in ownership, yet allow for adding improvements over the next 8 months, as well as other benefits.  The patent will then need to be formally filed.  See USPTO fees for formal filing fees or request a FREE Invention specific fee quote.
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USPTO Fee Savings Levels
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Micro Entity  – 75% USPTO Savings (a person, less than four patents, …)
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Small Entity  – 50% USPTO Savings (a person, a small business, …)
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Fee Payment Plans
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Highlight Considerations
A business Method, Computer, or App patents is a form of a Utility Patent, with associated considerations: 
Coverage – Protects function of a process [method], machine, manufacture[d item] or composition.
Term – 20 year term starting from the date of application filing.
Key Content – Description, drawings, and claims form the protective basis of the patent.
Patent Pending – Use “Patent Pending” markings at time of filing to begin marketing invention during prosecution.
Prosecution – 95% of application have one or more rejections, that will be argued or amended.
Allowance – 52% issue through normal prosecution, but 70% patents issue with a RCE petition.
Maintenance Fee – After issue and printing fees, maintenance fees follow at 3.5, 7.5 and 11.5 years.
Timing – Normally 2 months to prepare, 18 months for first USPTO response, and 28 months for finalization.
Rights – Excludes others from making, importing, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in the U.S.
Defense – Exerting, monitoring, and defending patent rights is the responsibility of the inventor.
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More About Business / App Patents
The challenge has been that many business methods fall within non-patentable matter as they are interpreted as being nothing more than abstract ideas:
…disembodied or non-applied systems that depend on human intelligence alone, mental processes, mathematical algorithms and formulas, software code, signals, natural phenomenon, laws of nature, …”(MEPE 2106)).
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“While abstract ideas, physical phenomena, and laws of nature are not eligible for patenting, methods and products employing [embodied or applied] abstract ideas, physical phenomena, and laws of nature to perform a real-world function may well be.” (MPEP 2106).
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The law around Business Method Patents continues to evolve. The American Invents Act (AIA) of September 2012 defines the Business Method Patent in terms of needing an applied direct or indirect financial data manipulation setting (see above that the Business Method Patent is not restricted to financial applications).
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