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Demystifying Means-Plus-Function: The Ins and Outs to MPF Statements

May 14, 2024 (1 min read)

Explore the law on means-plus-function claiming with this practice note describing when a utility patent claim should be interpreted as a means-plus-function or step-plus-function claim (functional claims) in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 112(f) and the sixth paragraph of pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. § 112. Explore how the scope of a functional claim should be construed and applied for purposes of determining infringement.

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