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Ex Parte Steve Bush, et al.

Representative Claim

  1. A computer-based method performed by one or more computers programmed to identify common accounts, the method comprising:assigning by one of the one or more computers a first user identifier to a first account, the first account being associated with a first node, the first node including a first computing device;assigning by one of the one or more computers a second user identifier to a second account, the second account being associated with a second node, the second node including a second computing device;receiving a request from the second node that includes the first user identifier;determining whether the first account is already associated with the second node; andupon determining that the first account is not already associated to the second node, determining whether the first and second accounts represent the same account; andwhen it is determined that the first and second accounts represent the same account, combining by one of the one or more computers the first and second accounts into a single account.

Posture:

Appeal.

Abstract Idea: Yes

Not specifically addressed.

Something More: Yes

“We find that the method of claims 1-9 are inextricable tied with a computer based communication and notification scheme interconnecting computers so as to combine one or more accounts into a single account using computer associated nodes, and thus covers more than the mere nominal recitation of a computer to obtain patent eligibility. See Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Intern., 134 S.Ct. 2347, 2350 (2014), quoting Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., 132 S.Ct. 1289, 2353 (2012).”