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344 F.3d 1359 *; 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 19867 **; 68 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1321 ***
FESTO CORPORATION, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. SHOKETSU KINZOKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI CO., LTD., a/k/a SMC CORPORATION, and SMC PNEUMATICS, INC., Defendants-Appellants.
Subsequent History: Rehearing, en banc, denied by Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 24135 (Fed. Cir., Nov. 5, 2003)
US Supreme Court certiorari denied by Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki, Co. v. Festo Corp., 541 U.S. 988, 158 L. Ed. 2d 492, 124 S. Ct. 2018, 2004 U.S. LEXIS 2767 (2004)
US Supreme Court certiorari denied by Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki, Co., 541 U.S. 988, 158 L. Ed. 2d 492, 124 S. Ct. 2019, 2004 U.S. LEXIS 2768 (2004)
Judgment entered by Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11621 (D. Mass., June 10, 2005)
Prior History: [**1] On remand from the Supreme Court of the United States.
Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co., 535 U.S. 722, 152 L. Ed. 2d 944, 122 S. Ct. 1831, 2002 U.S. LEXIS 3818 (2002)
Disposition: Court found Plaintiff could not overcome presumption of surrender by showing narrowing amendmentsto the "magnetizable" and "sealing ring" limitations of patents were only "tangential" or made for "some other reason." However, case remanded to consider whether plaintiff could rebut presumption by demonstrating two accused equivalents would have been unforeseeable to person of ordinary skill at time of amendments.
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