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REVERSED
Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2479 Ex Parte Siomina et al 13997735 - (D) BRANCH 102/103 COATS & BENNETT, PLLC NGUYEN, HANH N

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3735 Ex Parte Iyengar et al 12882761 - (D) DOUGAL 101 Larson & Anderson, LLC JANG, CHRISTIAN YONGKYUN

The Federal Circuit has instructed that “[t]he ‘directed to’ inquiry . . . [does not] simply ask whether the claims involve a patent-ineligible concept, because essentially every routinely patent-eligible claim involving physical products and actions involves a law of nature and/or natural phenomenon.”  Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., 822 F.3d 1327, 1335 (Fed. Cir. 2016).  The Courts continues: “the ‘directed to’ inquiry applies a stage-one filter to claims, considered in light of the specification, based on whether ‘their character as a whole is directed to excluded subject matter.’”  Id. (citing Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Network, Inc., 790 F.3d 1343, 1346 (Fed. Cir. 2015).

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3749 Ex Parte Cameron et al 13510108 - (D) STEPINA 103 103 The Linde Group LIN, KO-WEI

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1786 Ex Parte Lim et al 12817775 - (D) BEST 103 WHITHAM, CURTIS & COOK, P.C. REA, CHRISTINE

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3628 Ex Parte Kho et al 12959012 - (D) FETTING 101/102/103 Fabian Vancott IBM CORPORATION FLYNN, KEVIN H

3629 Ex Parte Beckers 12044376 - (D) FETTING 101/103 STAAS & HALSEY LLP MCCORMICK, GABRIELLE A

A payment determination is a quantitative mathematical algorithm, which by itself has long been held to be an abstract idea. See RecogniCorp, LLC v. Nintendo Co., Ltd., 855 F.3d 1322, 1327 (Fed. Cir. 2017) (“A process that started with data, added an algorithm, and ended with a new form of data was directed to an abstract idea.”)

3685 Ex Parte IBRAHIM et al 13481082 - (D) FETTING 103 101/103 Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole & Calderon, P.C. MCINTYRE, CHARLES AARON

3688 Ex Parte Greenspun 13681142 - (D) FETTING 101/112(1)/112(2)/103 STOEL RIVES LLP - SLC PATEL, DIPEN M