Meiresonne v. Google, Inc., No. 16-1755 (Fed. Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Meiresonne is the sole inventor of the 096 patent, titled “Supplier Identification and Locator System and Method,” disclosing a “system whereby a user can identify a supplier of goods or services over the Internet.” It teaches a directory website that contains a plurality of links to supplier websites, “a supplier descriptive portion” located near a corresponding supplier link, “a descriptive title portion” describing the class of goods or services listed on the website, and “a rollover window that displays information” about at least one of the suppliers corresponding to a link. The Federal Circuit affirmed the determination of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board, on inter partes review, that four claims are unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. 103. The Board’s fact finding that prior art references do not teach away from combining text descriptions with additional information in a rollover viewing area is supported by substantial evidence.