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Essentially, Appellants are asking us to import a limitation from the Specification into the claim. Our reviewing court has repeatedly cautioned lower courts against limiting the claimed invention to preferred embodiments or specific examples in the specification. Teleflex, Inc. v. Ficosa North America Corp., 299 F.3d 1313, 1328 (Fed. Cir. 2002).

[T]he line between construing terms and importing limitations can be discerned with reasonable certainty and predictability if the court's focus remains on understanding how a person of ordinary skill in the art would understand the claim terms. For instance, although the specification often describes very specific embodiments of the invention, we have repeatedly warned against confining the claims to those embodiments ... In particular, we have expressly rejected the contention that if a patent describes only a single embodiment, the claims of the patent must be construed as being limited to that embodiment. 

Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415 F.3d 1303, 1323 (Fed. Cir. 2005). Phillips counsels us that, upon reading the specification in the context of teaching a person of ordinary skill in the art to make or use the invention, it will become clear whether the specification is setting out specific examples of the invention to accomplish the goal of teaching or whether the specification and claims, instead, are intended to be coextensive. Id. Based on our review of the Specification, we are of the opinion that the teaching of paragraphs 19-20 is merely exemplary and not limiting.

Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415 F.3d 1303, 75 USPQ2d 1321 (Fed. Cir. 2005) 2111 2111.01 2143.01 2258

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