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Friday, May 2, 2014

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REVERSED
Tech Center 2600 Communications
2675 Ex Parte Braveman et al 11591267 - (D) ADAMS 102 HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY ZHENG, JACKY X

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2885 Ex Parte RAMPF 12910463 - (D) BEST 112(2)/103 INGRASSIA FISHER & LORENZ, P.C. (GME) LEE, JONG SUK

The use of terms such as "about," "substantially," and "approximately" does not automatically render a claim indefinite.  See, e.g., Deere & Co. v. Bush Hog, LLC, 703 F.3d 1349, 1359 (Fed. Cir. 2012) ("This court has repeatedly confirmed that relative terms such as "substantially" do not render patent claims so unclear as to prevent a person of skill in the art from ascertaining the scope of the claim."); Ecolab, Inc. v. Envirochem, Inc., 264 F.3d 1358, 1367 (Fed.Cir.2001); Andrew Corp. v. Gabriel Elecs. Inc., 847 F.2d 819, 821 (Fed.Cir.1988)

Andrew Corp. v. Gabriel Electronics, 847 F.2d 819, 6 USPQ2d 2010 (Fed. Cir. 1988) 2173.05(b)

AFFIRMED 
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2122 Ex Parte Jackson 11668564 - (D) MORGAN 102 HOFFMAN WARNICK LLC STARKS, WILBERT L

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2621 Ex Parte Itkowitz et al 11169271 - (D) COURTENAY 103 3D Systems, Inc. CERULLO, LILIANA P

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2800 Ex Parte LUECKE et al 12341581 - (D) HASTINGS concurring NAGUMO 103 POTOMAC PATENT GROUP PLLC FINEMAN, LEE A

2836 Ex Parte Besser et al 11849242 - (D) KAISER 112(2) BLAKELY SOKOLOFF TAYLOR & ZAFMAN AMRANY, ADI

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