American Simmental Association v. Leachman Cattle of Colorado

American Simmental Association v. Leachman Cattle of Colorado, PGR2015-00003 (PTAB June 13, 2016) 

Patent(s):    

8,660,888 | Entitled, “System, Computer-Implemented Method, and Non-Transitory, Computer-Readable Medium to Determine the Relative Market Value of a Sale Group of Livestock Based on Genetic Merit and Other Non-Genetic Factors.”

Disposition:               

Final written decision granting petition for post grant review.

Abstract Idea:

Yes

Something More:

No

Technology:              

The patented technology comprises a computer implemented method for determining an animal’s relative economic value based on its genetic and physical traits.

Summary:                 

The PTAB held that the patent was based on patent-ineligible subject matter because the fundamental concept of determining an animal’s relative economic value based on its genetic and physical traits is a fundamental, necessary, and decades old principal, and a building block of human ingenuity. 

The patent did not contain “something more” so as to transform the abstract idea into patent eligible subject matter.  The PTAB explained that the claims did not contain something more because the claims merely recited generic computer hardware that was used in a conventional manner.