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REVERSED
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2178 Ex Parte Matsa et al 12130285 - (D) HULSE 103 CANTOR COLBURN LLP-IBM YORKTOWN STORK, KYLE R

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2828 Ex Parte Oki et al 12078681 - (D) PER CURIAM 103 RADER FISHMAN & GRAUER PLLC STAFFORD, PATRICK

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3657 Ex Parte Bendel 11901804 - (D) SPAHN 112(1)/102(b) 37 C.F.R. § 41.50(b) 112(2) KENYON & KENYON LLP SAHNI, VISHAL R

We note that the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) § 2111.04, entitled “‘Adapted to,’ ‘Adapted For,’ “Wherein,’ and “Whereby’ Clauses,” indicates that “[c]laim scope is not limited by claim language that suggests or makes optional but does not require steps to be performed, or by claim language that does not limit a claim to a particular structure.” This section of the MPEP sets forth a non exhaustive list of claim language “that may raise a question as to the limiting effect of the language in a claim,” and the list includes “‘wherein’ clauses.” This section of the MPEP also indicates that “[t]he determination of whether each of these clauses is a limitation in a claim depends on the specific facts of the case,” and discusses that “[i]n Hoffer v. Microsoft Corp., 405 F.3d 1326, 1329 . . . (Fed. Cir. 2005), the court held that when a ‘whereby’ clause states a condition that is material to patentability, it cannot be ignored in order to change the substance of the invention.”

Hoffer v. Microsoft Corp., 405 F.3d 1326, 74 USPQ2d 1481 (Fed. Cir. 2005) 2111.04

3672 Ex Parte Roelofs 11994070 - (D) ASTORINO 103 GOTTLIEB RACKMAN & REISMAN PC FIORELLO, BENJAMIN F

3693 Ex Parte Hadi et al 11954656 - (D) MOHANTY 102(b) BGL/CME Group MAGUIRE, LINDSAY M

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3778 Ex Parte Renzin et al 11996845 - (D) SCHEINER 103 O'Shea Getz P.C. ANDERSON,CATHARINE L

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2173 Ex Parte Chambers et al 11888238 - (D) FREDMAN 103 103 GREENBERG TRAURIG, LLP (CHI) SHIH, HAOSHIAN

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2833 Ex Parte Fedder et al 12152553 - (D) PRAISS 102(b) 102(b)/103 Tyco Technology Resources NGUYEN, PHUONGCHI T

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3773 Ex Parte Kleshinski et al 11184069 - (D) FRANKLIN 112(1) 112(1)/102(b)/103 SEPTRX, INC ORKIN, ALEXANDERJ

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1629 Ex Parte Bernstein 12036901 - (D) FRANKLIN 102(b) Barnes & Thornburg LLP (CH) ANDERSON, JAMES D

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1712 Ex Parte Mazany et al 12829178 - (D) OWENS 103 SNELL & WILMER L.L.P. (UTC) PENNY, TABATHA L

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2179 Ex Parte Kim 10873549 - (D) SMITH 103 CAREY, RODRIGUEZ, GREENBERG & O'KEEFE, LLP TRAN, TUYETLIEN T

2193 Ex Parte Cho et al 10320632 - (D) CHEN 103 SUGHRUE MION, PLLC VU, TUAN A

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2612 Ex Parte Shearer 11536074 - (D) COURTENAY 103 IBM CORPORATION RICKS, DONNA J

2631 Ex Parte Huang et al 11005137 - (D) DANG 102(b)/103 TROP, PRUNER & HU, P.C. TIMORY, KABIR A

2648 Ex Parte Rofougaran 12131550 - (D) KRIVAK 102(b)/103 GARLICK & MARKISON WEST, LEWIS G

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3632 Ex Parte Falcone 12195999 - (D) SMEGAL concurring SPAHN 103 CAHN & SAMUELS, LLP DUCKWORTH,BRADLEY

3672 Ex Parte Flor et al 11883190 - (D) STAICOVICI 103 Christopher John Rudy SINGH, SUNIL

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3781 Ex Parte Benz et al 11919723 - (D) PLENZLER 102(e)/103 BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION POOS, MADISON LYNN

FEDERAL CIRCUIT

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1731 JAKE LEE, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. MIKE’S NOVELTIES, INC. (doing business as Mike’s Worldwide Imports) AND MANISCH CHANDER (also known as Mike Chander, Manisch Chandra, and Mike Chandra), Defendants-Appellants. 2013-1049 6,418,936 09/570,114 DYK willful infringement; enhanced damages judgment of infringement and no invalidity Handal & Morofsky, LLC; SLC Law Group LOPEZ, CARLOS N

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