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REVERSED
Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2451 Ex Parte Huotari et al 10732540 - (D) SMITH 103 Mintz Levin/Nokia Technologies Oy TIV, BACKHEAN

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3636 Ex Parte Bussell et al 13357436 - (D) GREENHUT 102/103 Stuart Bussell HAWK, NOAH CHANDLER

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3732 Ex Parte Robb et al 13558037 - (D) HORNER 103 41.50 102 Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner / Zimmer LEWIS, RALPH A

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3726 Ex Parte Norton et al 12205216 - (D) STAICOVICI 102/103 103 COATS & BENNETT, PLLC SALONE, BAYAN

When we look at the preamble of Appellants’ claimed invention, we note that a preamble usually will not limit the scope of the claim unless the preamble provides antecedence for ensuing claim terms and limits the claim accordingly.  This is what the jurisprudence means by giving life, meaning and vitality to the claims.  See Kropa v. Robie, 187 F.2d 150, 152 (CCPA 1951).  In this instance, there is nexus between the preamble, i.e., “[a] manually actuated robotic tool changer” and the claim limitation of a “piston movable along its axis . . . under manual actuation.”  The preamble recitation of a “manually actuated” robotic changer limits the claimed piston to a manually actuated piston, and thus, serves to structurally distinguish the claimed piston over other pistons such as the power driven or spring actuated piston 38 of Erickson '735 and the pneumatically driven piston 32 of Little.  

Kropa v. Robie, 187 F.2d 150, 88 USPQ 478 (CCPA 1951) 707.07(f) 2111.02

3747 Ex Parte Inuzuka et al 13454344 - (D) BAHR 102 102/103 41.50 102/103 NIXON & VANDERHYE, PC MOUBRY, JAMES G

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2137 Ex Parte Haukness et al 12990945 - (D) HORVATH 102 Peninsula Patent Omim fRamhns;^ PARIKH, KALPIT

2166 Ex Parte Herger et al 13621131 - (D) NAPPI 103 LAW OFFICE OF IDO TUCHMAN (YOR) OBERLY, VAN HONG

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2837 Ex Parte Xiang et al 13293437 - (D) SNAY 103 BROOKS KUSHMAN P.C./FGTL DINH, THAI T

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