Results for Means-plus-function

Rain Computing, Inc. vs. Samsung, Inc.

Case Number: CLB0472

Date: 03.02.2021

Claims may invoke § 112 ¶ 6 and be held indefinite if, read in light of the specification, the claims fail to provide sufficient structure for performing a function. In cases where the function is performed by a general purpose computer, an algorithm may be required to disclose how the computer performs to accomplish the function.

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Sony Corp. v. Iancu

Case Number: CLB0432

Date: 05.22.2019

The patentee has a right to defend its patent against cancellation by the USPTO even after expiration — and up to the six-year timeline for back-damages. Means-plus-function language can be interpreted as being directed to software if an algorithm is described in the specification and hardware is not fully described.

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In re Raymond Giannelli

Case Number: CLB0311

Date: 01.13.2014

Claims reciting a product adapted to perform a particular intended use are not necessarily obvious over a reference disclosing a known product that is physically capable of performing said intended function

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Hearing Components Inc. v. Shure Inc.

Case Number: CLB0253

Date: 04.01.2010

The Federal Circuit holds that the claim recitation “readily installed” is not indefinite, and that an interference fit (in a hearing aid) is equivalent to a threaded joint, ball and socket joint, and adhesive joint for purposes of interpreting means-plus-function claims.

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Fresenius USA, Inc. v. Baxter International, Inc.

Case Number: CLB0229

Date: 09.10.2009

An alleged infringer should present substantial evidence of elements of a claim in the prior art to invalidate the claim as obvious or anticipated. The Federal Circuit is split over the decision to grant a stay pending reexamination in a district court proceeding, especially after a full trial and appeal or in light of the invalidation of similar claims to those at issue in the reexam.

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