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REVERSED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1617 Ex Parte Roudot et al 14376687 - (D) NEW 103 41.50 103 POLSINELLI PC SULLIVAN, DANIELLE D

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1787 Ex Parte Moriguchi et al 12809462 - (D) KENNEDY 103 OBLON, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT, L.L.P. ENGLISH, PATRICK NOLAND

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2483 Ex Parte Chundrlik et al 14663502 - (D) DIRBA 103 41.50 112(2) Honigman LLP/Magna SECHSER, JILL D

 Claim 1 also includes functional language. For example, the claim recites that "said image processor processes image data captured by said camera." We construe this limitation to be a recitation of the capability of the image processor, i.e., that the image processor is operable to process the image data. For other similar limitations (i.e., those tied to a structure), we similarly interpret them as functional recitations of what the structure is operable to do. See Mastermine Software, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., 874 F.3d 1307, 1315-16 (Fed. Cir. 2017) (distinguishing between an apparatus with functional language and a mixed apparatus and method claim).

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Appellants' arguments have injected ambiguity into the claim. In particular, Appellants' arguments are part of the prosecution history, and it is unclear whether ( and to what degree) these arguments have added a requirement to claim 1 that the system be operable to perform the fusing limitation. See Trivascular, Inc. v. Samuels, 812 F.3d 1056, 1062 (Fed. Cir. 2016) (In the context of an inter partes review proceeding, the Federal Circuit held: "Under a broadest reasonable interpretation, words of the claim must be given their plain meaning, unless such meaning is inconsistent with the specification and prosecution history."). In the context of a pending patent application, such ambiguity is cause for an indefiniteness rejection. 

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2621 Ex Parte TOKUTAKE 13904742 - (D) HOWARD 103 XSENSUS LLP CHOW, WING H

2656 Ex Parte Kusaka 14122160 - (D) HOWARD 103 GLOBAL IP COUNSELORS, LLP MCCORD, PAUL C

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3625 Ex Parte Lee et al 13796573 - (D) SHAW 101 FAY SHARPE I XEROX - ROCHESTER HAQ, NAEEM U

3775 Ex Parte SIXTO et al 14471565 - (D) HILL 103 Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner/ Zimmer KAMIKAWA, TRACY L

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1633 Ex Parte Pedrozo et al 12540489 - (D) JENKS 103 112(2) McCarter & English / KCI POPA, ILEANA

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1729 Ex Parte Martinez et al 14350890 - (D) TIMM 103 103 41.50 103 CANTOR COLBURN LLP GATEWOOD, DANIELS

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1615 Ex Parte Sullivan et al 14153609 - (D) LAVIER 103 MYERS BIGEL, P.A. PARK, HAEJIN S

1657 Ex Parte CASTOR et al 14019671 - (D) LAVIER 103 MCCARTER & ENGLISH, LLP BOSTON SCHUBERG, LAURA J

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1736 Ex Parte Gold et al 14952509 - (D) SNAY 112(2)/103/OTDP TRASKBRITT, P.C. LANGEL, WAYNE A

1763 Ex Parte HENDERSON et al 14173193 - (D) REN 103 Covestro LLC USELDING, JOHN E

1771 Ex Parte KIM 14787884 - (D) GARRIS 103 STIP Law Group, LLC GOLOBOY, JAMES C

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2445 Ex Parte Cheng et al 12845111 - (D) NEW 103 112(2)/112(6)/103 Shutts & Bowen LLP STEVEN M. GREENBERG SWEARINGEN, JEFFREY R

2463 Ex Parte SANNECK et al 14896972 - (D) CYGAN 102/103 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP GHOWRWAL, OMAR J

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2859 Ex Parte Martin et al 13553465 - (D) HOUSEL 103 BROOKS KUSHMAN P.C./FG1L HENZE-GONGOLA, DAVID V

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3628 Ex Parte Uslontsev et al 12169509 - (D) KIM 101 102/OTDP LOWE GRAHAM JONES, PLLC ERB, NATHAN

3686 Ex Parte Henderson et al 13246060 - (D) SHAH 101 LEYDIG VOIT & MAYER, LTD TOMASZEWSKI, MICHAEL

3693 Ex Parte Loganathan et al 14970212 - (D) MEDLOCK 103 101 KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTONLLP BARTLEY, KENNETH

3696 Ex Parte Chittaro 14156259 - (D) NAPPI 101 KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTONLLP/VISA CHANG, EDWARD

OPA Ex Parte Haque et al 15384582 - (D) JEFFERY 103 CHIP LAW GROUP MCINNISH, KEVIN K

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