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February 3, 2014

Without Means

An irascible PTO patent board insisted that "a receiver adapted to receiving" invoked the means-plus-function interpretation of §112 ¶6. This in an application for an automatic light switch. The CAFC reversed, finding sufficient structure to understand the bounds of the invention. (Enocean v. Face International CAFC 2012-1645)

Posted by Patent Hawk at February 3, 2014 3:19 PM | Prosecution