Category Archives: Means-plus-function

USPTO decision finding Sony’s CD recording claims obvious reversed by Federal Circuit due to improper means-plus-function determination (“computer-implemented” limitation requires algorithm)

Sony Corporation v. Andrei Iancu (USPTO as intervenor) Docket No. 2018-1172 (IPR2016-00834) PROST, NEWMAN (D), DYK May 22, 2019 Brief summary: IPR FWD obviousness finding reversed and remanded as disputed means-plus-function limitation is computer-implemented and requires an algorithm and Board … Continue reading

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TEK Global, et al. v. Sealant Systems Int., Inc. et al.

Docket No. 2017-2507 REYNA, TARANTO, CHEN March 29, 2019 Brief summary: DC finding of infringement, damages, and grant of PI affirmed; SSI granted a new trial on invalidity (on remand, DC improperly foreclosed SSI from presenting new obviousness theories). Summary: … Continue reading

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Diebold Nixdorf, Inc. et al. v. Int. Trade Commission (ITC (Appellee)) / Hyosung TNS Inc. et al. (intervenors)

Docket No. 2017-2553 PROST, BRYSON, O’MALLEY August 15, 2018 Brief summary: ITC finding that Diebold violated § 337 by importing components of automated teller machines (“ATMs”) that infringe means-plus-function claims reversed as invalid for indefiniteness (§ 112, para. 6). Summary: … Continue reading

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Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, LLC v. USPTO

Docket Nos. 2015-1928 (IPR2014-00183) NEWMAN, CHEN, HUGHES December 22, 2017 Brief summary: PTAB IPR FWD affirmed as to finding of obviousness and anticipation but vacated as to dismissal of contingent motion to amend claims since the that the PTAB “impermissibly … Continue reading

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Core Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L. v. Apple Inc.

Docket No. 2015-2037 O’MALLEY, BRYSON, WALLACH April 14, 2017 Brief Summary: DC/jury finding of noninfringement by Apple affirmed based on construction of Core Wireless’s means-plus-function claims. Summary: Core Wireless (CW) appealed jury finding that Apple did not infringe claim 17 … Continue reading

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Tomita Technologies USA, LLC et al. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Docket No. 2016-2015 PROST, BRYSON, WALLACH March 17, 2017 Non-precedential Brief Summary: DC finding of no infringement of means-plus-function limitation after consideration of “function-way-result” and “insubstantial differences” tests affirmed. Summary: Tomita appealed DC holding on remand (Tomita Techs., FC 2014) … Continue reading

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In Re: Lawrence B. Lockwood

Docket No. 2016-1371 PROST, MOORE, CHEN February 13, 2017 Non-precedential Brief Summary: Board claim construction and finding of anticipation affirmed. Summary: Lockwood appealed Board affirmance following ex parte reexamination requested by an anonymous third party of the examiner’s determination that … Continue reading

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