Summary: CAFC affirmed Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s finding of obviousness.

Case: In re Wirth, No. 2014-1075 (Fed. Cir. June 12, 2014) (non-precedential). On appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in No. 10/277,162. Before O’Malley, Reyna, and Hughes.

Procedural Posture: Applicants appealed decision rejecting claim as invalid. CAFC affirmed.

  • Obviousness: The Board correctly held a claim to the use of a person’s name as a particularized suffix in a uniform resource locator (“URL”) would have been obvious to a person of ordinary skill in the art because the prior art disclosed a unique personal identification number as a suffix in a URL.

Nathaniel DeLucia