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1783 PERFORMANCE POLYMER SOLUTIONS, INC. Patent Owner, Appellant, and Cross-Respondent v. UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON RESEARCH INSTITUTE Requester, Respondent, and Cross-Appellant Ex Parte 7927701 et al 12/016,571 95001936 - (D) JEFFERY 103 102/103 ENDURANCE LAW GROUP PLC TORRES VELAZQUEZ, NORCA LIZ original MILLER, DANIEL H
It is well settled that disclosure of a species may be sufficient written description for a later claimed genus including that species. Bilstad v. Wakalopulos, 386 F.3d 1116, 1124 (Fed. Cir. 2004). There are exceptions to this rule, however, namely when (1) there is unpredictability in performance of certain species other than those specifically enumerated, or (2) the specification makes clear that only the specific species is disclosed and nothing broader. Id. at 1125. Notably, in the latter case, the specification distinguished the prior art as inferior and touted the advantages of the particular disclosed species, namely conical shaped cups, which did not support claims to generic shapes. Id. (citing Tronzo v. Biomet, 156 F.3d 1154, 1159 (Fed. Cir. 1998)).
Tronzo v. Biomet, Inc., 156 F.3d 1154, 47 USPQ2d 1829 (Fed. Cir. 1998)