Electronic Medical Records: Not Eligible

Ex parte Naeymi-Rad (PTAB 2018) Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc. (IMO) has an interesting business of capturing, standardizing, and simplifying medical documentation used in 3,500 hospitals and by 450,000 doctors.  This process is critical for both treatment and payment — all in an environment where mistakes can lead to death and bankruptcy.  In the U.S., companies have spent billions of dollars on designing electronic medical record systems — yet major problems remain. IMO’s CEO Frank Naeymi-Rad along with 11 others are listed as inventors of the company’s pending Application No. 13/622,934 – recently rejected on eligibility grounds.  The claims are directed to a software system for “implementing a controlled vocabulary” within a longitudinal medical record.   The examiner finally rejected all 14 claims for on eligibility grounds (withdrawing the obviousness rejection) — concluding that the claims are…

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