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Patents Post-Grant: CAFC Affirms Rejection of Means Plus Function Claims in Patent Reexamination
Posted on 21 Apr 2011 by Scott A. McKeown

In re Lund Affirmed Per Curiam Last May, Ex parte Lund was decided by the Board of Patent Appeals & Interferences (BPAI) ( here ). In the decision, the Board affirmed the rejection of the reexamined claims based upon the construction of the claim... Read More

Patents Post-Grant: BPAI Reversal of All Rejections Dooms Patent in Reexamination
Posted on 12 Jun 2012 by Scott A. McKeown

Inability to Properly Examine Means-Plus-Function Claims in Patent Reexamination Creates Perplexing Result Unlike most claims in patent reexamination, means-plus-function claims may not be properly accorded a broadest reasonable claim interpretation... Read More

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery: Federal Circuit Provides Guidance Regarding Means-Plus-Function "Structure"
Posted on 9 Nov 2011 by Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery

By Steven G. Parmelee In a decision handed down on November 4, 2011, in Typhoon Touch Technologies, Inc. v. Dell Inc ., the Federal Circuit provides further guidance on what constitutes sufficient "structure" to support a means-plus-function... Read More

Failure to Identify Specification Structure a Non-Starter for BPAI
Posted on 3 Jun 2010 by Scott A. McKeown

Rejection in Ex Parte Patent Reexamination Flawed as to Means-Plus-Function Claim Analysis On May 26, 2010 the BPAI affirmed-in-part the final rejection of certain claims in the ex parte reexamination of U.S. Patent 6,102,802 owned by Anascape LTD... Read More