Tropp v. Travel Sentry, Inc.


Question(s) Presented

“Inventor David Tropp owns and practices two patents that disclose a solution to the problem of screening all passenger luggage for flights originating in the United States, following the September 11 attacks. Through a series of specific claimed steps, his patents describe a method of providing consumers with special dual-access luggage locks that a screening entity would access in accordance with a special procedure and corresponding key controlled by the luggage screening entity, all while allowing the luggage to remain locked following screening. The question presented is:”

“Whether the claims at issue in Tropp’s patents reciting physical rather than computer-processing steps are patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101, as interpreted in Alice Corporation Pty v. CLS Bank International, 573 U.S. 208 (2014).”

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Proceedings and Orders
April 28, 2022
Application (21A657) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until June 14, 2022.
June 1, 2022
Application (21A657) to extend further the time from June 14, 2022 to July 5, 2022, submitted to The Chief Justice.
June 6, 2022
Application (21A657) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until July 5, 2022.
August 1, 2022
Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including September 7, 2022, for all respondents.
September 21, 2022
DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/7/2022.
October 3, 2022
October 11, 2022
DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/14/2022.
October 17, 2022
The Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.
April 19, 2023
DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 5/11/2023.
May 15, 2023
Petition DENIED. Justice Kavanaugh would grant the petition for a writ of certiorari.