Bloomberg Law
Jan. 13, 2021, 3:02 PM

Stripe Wins Appeal Invalidating Boom! Payments Patents

Susan Decker
Susan Decker
Bloomberg News

Three patents owned by Boom! Payments for electronic transactions cover abstract ideas and thus aren’t eligible for legal protection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in a victory for Stripe.

  • The patents, for a way to confirm that a transaction has been consummated prior to releasing electronic payment, simply involve “steps of passing information back and forth by a computer” which fits the dictionary definition of payment escrow
  • Closely held Boom! had sued Stripe in federal court in California, but the judge said the concepts weren’t eligible for patent protection and the Federal Circuit affirmed that ...