Case: 22-1310 Document: 57 Page: 1 Filed: 09/09/2022 NOTE: This disposition is nonprecedential. United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ______________________ IN RE: JASON SMITH, Appellant ______________________ 2022-1310 ______________________ Appeal from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board in No. 14/786,244. ______________________ Decided: September 9, 2022 ______________________ JAMES A. MITCHELL, Mitchell Intellectual Property Law, Ada, MI, for appellant. SARAH E. CRAVEN, Office of the Solicitor, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA, for appellee Katherine K. Vidal. Also represented by MAI-TRANG DUC DANG, THOMAS W. KRAUSE, AMY J. NELSON, FARHEENA YASMEEN RASHEED. ______________________ Before LOURIE, DYK, and HUGHES, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM The Patent and Trademark Office rejected claims 1–13 and 15–36 of Jason Smith’s patent application as patent ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The Patent Trial and Case: 22-1310 Document: 57 Page: 2 Filed: 09/09/2022 2 IN RE: SMITH Appeal Board (“Board”) affirmed. Mr. Smith appeals. We affirm. BACKGROUND Mr. Smith’s patent application number 14/786,244 re- lates to software for asset acquisition and management. U.S. Pat. App. Pub. 2016/0063403 at 1. Claim 1, a repre- sentative claim, is reproduced below: A method for facilitating asset acquisition, asset management and asset maintenance whereby cus- tomers can purchase from multiple vendors com- prising: providing to vendor and customer users access to consortium management software; providing and maintaining in said consortium management software relational data base tables which are linked together, including a vendor/cus- tomer database table, whereby vendor users and customer users can enter their identifying and per- sonal data, and a searchable product catalogue da- tabase table; providing in said searchable product catalogue da- tabase for receipt from vendor users, product, prod- uct pricing and product maintenance data; providing an inventory database table and a cus- tomer asset management database table; providing customer users access to said searchable product catalogue database, whereby a customer searches the catalogue data base and purchases from any vendor user product selected from said product catalogue database; providing for association of any said user's identi- fying data with information in any database table, which information is pertinent only to a particular Case: 22-1310 Document: 57 Page: 3 Filed: 09/09/2022 IN RE: SMITH 3 said identified user with said users identifying data; [and] linking the purchasing customer's identifying information from the customer/vendor database ta- ble, and the product, product pricing and product maintenance data for the selected product or prod- ucts, to one or both of said inventory database table and/or said customer asset management data base table, such that the customer can retrieve, use and manipulate the product, product pricing and prod- uct maintenance data in connection with the man- agement of the assets purchased. Id. at 5. Mr. Smith filed the application at issue, which claims priority from an earlier provisional application, on October 22, 2015. The examiner issued a final office action reject- ing the application on March 7, 2019. Mr. Smith appealed this rejection to the Board. The Board affirmed the exam- iner’s …

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