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REVERSED
Tech Center 2600 Communications
2647 Ex Parte Naukkarinen et al 10534012 - (D) NEW 102/103 37 C.F.R. § 41.50(b) 112(1) Stolowitz Ford Cowger LLP NGUYEN, TU X

We find that claim 1 is therefore a “single means claim,” i.e., a claim drafted in “means-plus-function” format, yet reciting only a single element instead of a combination. See, e.g., In re Hyatt, 708 F.2d 712, 713 (Fed. Cir. 1983).

35 U.S.C § 112(a) states:

The specification shall contain a written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making and using it, in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the art to which it pertains, or with which it is most nearly connected, to make and use the same, and shall set forth the best mode contemplated by the inventor or joint inventor of carrying out the invention.

35 U.S.C. § 112(a).

As the Federal Circuit noted in Hyatt, “[t]he long-recognized problem with a single means claim is that it covers every conceivable means for achieving the stated result, while the specification discloses at most only those means known to the inventor.” 708 F.2d at 714.

Hyatt, In re, 708 F.2d 712, 218 USPQ 195 (Fed. Cir. 1983) 2164.08(a), 2181

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2818 Ex Parte Sun et al 11728492 - (D) McNAMARA 102/103 Wells St. John P.S. GOODWIN, DAVID J

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1629 Ex Parte Trivedi et al 11176565 - (D) GRIMES 103 HARNESS, DICKEY, & PIERCE, P.L.C FINN, MEGHAN R

1653 Ex Parte Sharif et al 11090689 - (D) BONILLA 103 WINSTEAD PC MARTIN, PAUL C

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2183 Ex Parte Cole et al 11054220 - (D) ARPIN 103 MHKKG / GLOBALFOUNDRIES TREAT, WILLIAM M

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2828 Ex Parte Deladurantaye et al 11316568 - (D) HOMERE 103 MERCHANT & GOULD PC HAGAN, SEAN P

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3731 Ex Parte Watanabe et al 10550819 - (D) FREDMAN 102/103 SNELL & WILMER L.L.P. (Main) ALEMAN, SARAH WEBB

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