MLBAM (MLB Advanced Media) is the Interactive Media and Internet Division of Major League Baseball (MLB)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM / CRWEPRESSRELEASE / September 21, 2015 /MLBAM’s “ticketing patent” is being challenged by Front Row Technologies for validity in an Inter Partes Review (IPR) petition filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on September 18, 2015. The IPR is a trial proceeding conducted at the USPTO’s Patent Trials and Appeal Board (PTAB) to review the patentability of one or more claims of a patent.
U.S. Patent No. 8,121,872 “System and Method for Allocating Seats for a Ticketed Event” was originally granted to MLBAM on February 21, 2012. The alleged inventors of the MLBAM patent are Robert “Bob” Bowman, President and CEO of MLBAM, and Heather Benz and Mark Plutzer. Heather Benz and Mark Plutzer are VP’s of Ticketing at MLBAM.
The Bowman patent attempts to claim various methods and systems for selecting and allocating seats for a ticketed event, such as a sporting event (e.g., baseball, basketball, football, hockey, auto racing), a concert, movie, theatrical performance, etc. MLBAM currently offers online ticketing through Tickets.com, which is a global company that sells tickets for events, and is also owned by MLBAM.
The IPR proceeding will elicit proof demonstrating that MLBAM and its President/CEO Bob Bowman did not invent anything new before they filed their patent application, and, in fact, electronic and online ticketing had been well-known for years previously.
Front Row Technologies, LLC
SOURCE:Front Row Technologies, LLC