No. 2014-1194.

793 F.3d 1306 (2015)

VERSATA DEVELOPMENT GROUP, INC., Appellant v. SAP AMERICA, INC., SAP AG, Appellees. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Intervenor.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

July 9, 2015.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jeffrey A. Lamken , MoloLamken LLP, Washington, DC, argued for appellant. Also represented by Nancy Jo Linck , Martin Moss Zoltick , Robert Danny Huntington , Brian S. Rosenbloom , Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C., Washington, DC.

Erika Arner , Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Reston, VA, argued for appellees. Also represented by J. Michael Jakes , Michael A. Morin , Washington, DC; Edward R. Reines , Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Redwood Shores, CA.

Melissa N. Patterson , Appellate Staff, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, argued for intervenor. Also represented by Stuart F. Delery , Mark R. Freeman ; Scott Weidenfeller , Nathan K. Kelley , Joseph Matal , William Lamarca , Office of the Solicitor, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA.

Dan L. Bagatell , Christopher S. Coleman , Perkins Coie LLP, Phoenix, AZ, for amici curiae Intel Corporation, Asustek Computer, Inc., Broadcom Corporation, HTC Corporation, ZTE (USA) Inc.

Ann A. Byun , Hewlett-Packard Company, Wayne, PA, for amicus curiae Hewlett-Packard Company.

Daryl Joseffer , Ashley Charles Parris , King & Spalding LLP, Washington, DC, for amicus curiae The Internet Association.

Michael E. Joffre , Melanie L. Bostwick , Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC, Washington, DC, for amici curiae Dell Inc., eBay Inc., Facebook, Inc., Limelight Networks, Inc., Newegg Inc., QVC, Inc., Rackspace Hosting, Inc., Red Hat, Inc., SAS Institute Inc., Vizio, Inc., Xilinx, Inc. Dell Inc. also represented by Anthony Peterman, Dell Inc., Round Rock, TX.

Suzanne Michel , Google Inc., Washington, DC, for amicus curiae Google Inc.

Barbara A. Fiacco , Donald Ross Ware , Sarah Burg , Foley Hoag LLP, Boston, MA, for amici curiae 3M Company, Caterpillar Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, General Electric Company, Johnson & Johnson, The Procter & Gamble Company, Amgen Inc., BP America, Inc., Glaxosmithkline LLC, Illinois Tool Works, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Qualcomm Incorporated, Sanofi US.

Before NEWMAN, PLAGER, and HUGHES, Circuit Judges.

Opinion for the court filed by Circuit Judge PLAGER.

Opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part filed by Circuit Judge HUGHES.


This is a covered business method ("CBM") patent case, under § 18 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act ("AIA"), Pub.L. No. 112-29, 125 Stat. 284...


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