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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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REVERSED
Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3723 Ex Parte Karau et al 11583192 - (D) FLOYD 102/103 Jackson Walker LLP MORGAN, EILEEN P

“[T]he ‘broadest reasonable interpretation’ that an examiner may give means-plus-function language is that statutorily mandated in paragraph six.” In re Donaldson, 16 F.3d 1189, 1194-95 (Fed. Cir. 1994) (en banc). In other words, in order to meet a “means plus function” limitation, the prior art must (1) perform the identical function recited in the means limitation and (2) perform that function using the structure disclosed in the specification or an equivalent structure. Cf. Carroll Touch Inc. v. Electro Mechanical Sys. Inc., 15 F.3d 1573, 1578 (Fed. Cir. 1994); Valmont Indus. Inc. v. Reinke Mfg. Co., 983 F.2d 1039, 1042 (Fed. Cir. 1993); Johnston v. IVAC Corp., 885 F.2d 1574, 1580 (Fed. Cir. 1989).

Donaldson, In re, 16 F.3d 1189, 29 USPQ2d 1845 (Fed. Cir. 1994) 2111.01, 2114, 2181, 2182

Valmont Industries, Inc. v. Reinke Manufacturing Co., 983 F.2d 1039, 25 USPQ2d 1451 (Fed. Cir. 1993)  2183,  2184, 2186

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1761 Ex Parte MALET et al 12147111 - (D) GAUDETTE 103/obviousness-type double patenting THE DIAL CORPORATION DELCOTTO, GREGORY R

This argument is unpersuasive because the "motivation to modify a prior art reference to arrive at the claimed invention need not be the same motivation that the [applicant] had. See KSR, 550 U.S. at 420, 127 S.Ct. 1727 (stating that it is error to look "only to the problem the patentee was trying to solve");

Alcon Research, Ltd. v. Apotex Inc., 687 F. 3d 1362, 1368 ((Fed. Cir. 2012)

KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc., 550 USPQ2d 1385 (2007) 2141, , 2145, 2216,  2242,  2286,  2616,  2642,  2686.04

1767 Ex Parte Mabey et al 11654486 - (D) DELMENDO 103/obviousness-type double patenting CHRISTOPHER JOHN RUDY STANLEY, JANE L

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2163 Ex Parte Bourland et al 11647964 - (D) JEFFERY 102 PITNEY BOWES INC. NGUYEN, KIM T

2193 Ex Parte Weaver 10041743 - (D) KUMAR 112(1)/102/103 NCR Corporation VU, TUAN A

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2496 Ex Parte van Bemmel et al 10970143 - (D) JEFFERY 103 ALCATEL-LUCENT USA INC. WALL & TONG, LLP POLTORAK, PIOTR

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