Rently Asks Full Federal Circuit to Rehear Lockbox Patent Eligibility Case
Last week, Consumer 2.0, Inc. d/b/a Rently filed a combined petition for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) to review its recent Rule 36 judgment affirming a decision of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that Rently’s patent claims were ineligible. The district court found the claims, which were directed to “the use of lockboxes able to recognize time-limited codes and coordination of those codes with software to facilitate secure automated entry”, ineligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Among other arguments, Rently noted that the case raised multiple issues that required en banc review, including whether unconventionality alone is sufficient to satisfy the inventive concept requirement under Section 101, whether the determination of unconventionality is one of law or fact, and whether a court is permitted to conduct a quasi-Section 103 analysis of obviousness without the protections against hindsight bias.