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Scope of a Patent's Coverage Determined by Its Claims or by Its Specification?

Arlington Indus. v. Bridgeport Fittings, Inc. , 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 1118 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 20, 2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ] highlights the court's deep division over the role that the specification of a patent...

Federal Circuit Continues to Struggle With the Role of the Specification in Construing Claims

By Justin E. Gray ( jegray@foley.com ) Despite the Federal Circuit's 2005 en banc decision in Phillips v. AWH Corp. , [enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law] district courts and the Federal Circuit continue to struggle with...

Patent Law and Boilerplate, Cautionary Language, Caveats, Qualifications, Provisos, Criterions, Repudiations, Stipulations, Macros, Disclaimers, Rote Text, Broadening Language, Formulaic Text, and Restatements of Aphorisms: Useless, Helpful or Harmful?

by Dov Greenbaum Excerpt: The Supreme Court's periodic forays into patentable subject matter, most recently in Alice v CLS , 134 S. Ct. 2347; 189 L. Ed. 2d 296; 2014 U.S. LEXIS 4303 [an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers] , may result in yet another set of...