When the America Invents Act (AIA) was passed in 2011, it ushered in a number of post-grant options to challenge and defend patents at the US Patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO). One of the newly established proceedings, the Covered Business Method (CBM), is noteworthy for its special eligibility criteria and limitations not present in other post-grant options. In this article, directors Michelle K. Holoubek and Michael V. Messinger provide detailed insight into the challenges and opportunities posed by this unique procedure.

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