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1787 Ex Parte Schmidt et al 13140608 - (D) ROESEL 112(2)/103 112(2) Abel Law Group, LLP STACHEL, KENNETH J
Appellants emphasize that the term, "improving," appears in the preamble, but that alone is not a sufficient basis for concluding that the term is not a limitation of the claim. See Tom Tom, Inc. v. Michael Adolph, 790 F.3d 1315, 1323 (Fed. Cir. 2015) ("Whether to treat a preamble as a claim limitation is determined on the facts of each case in light of the claim as a whole and the invention described in the patent."). Appellants do not challenge the Examiner's determination that "improving" is a word of degree for which a standard must be provided in the Specification. See Seattle Box Company, Inc. v. Industrial Crating & Packing, Inc., 731 F .2d 818, 826 (Fed. Cir. 1984) ("When a word of degree is used the district court must determine whether the patent's specification provides some standard for measuring that degree.").
Seattle Box Co. v. Industrial Crating & Packing, Inc., 731 F.2d 818, 221 USPQ 568 (Fed. Cir. 1984)
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2682 Ex Parte OHKI 12855339 - (D) MacDONALD 103 Paratus Law Group, PLLC AKHTER, SHARMIN