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REVERSED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1611 Ex Parte Jansen et al 10469391 - (D) GREEN 103 Merck BREDEFELD, RACHAEL EVA

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1775 Ex Parte Choperena et al 10793455 - (D) COLAIANNI 103 K&L GATES LLP YOO, REGINA M

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2111 Ex Parte Purwin 11037177 - (D) STRAUSS 103 STERNE, KESSLER, GOLDSTEIN & FOX P.L.L.C. CLEARY, THOMAS J

2175 Ex Parte Martyn 10343333 - (D) McNAMARA 103 CORE WIRELESS LICENSING S.a.r.l. c/o WARE, FRESSOLA, VAN DER SLUYS & ADOLPHSON LLP VU, THANH T

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3734 Ex Parte Jagger et al 11496249 - (D) BONILLA 103 VIDAS, ARRETT & STEINKRAUS, P.A. BACHMAN, LINDSEY MICHELE

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1641 Ex Parte Yang et al 11745283 - (D) WALSH 102/103 103 FAY SHARPE LLP YANG, NELSON C

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1777 Ex Parte Axen et al 11995979 - (D) HASTINGS 102/103 102/103 GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES CORP. ZALASKY, KATHERINE M

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2166 Ex Parte Sayal et al 10918587 - (D) DESHPANDE 102/103 101 HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY PHAM, KHANH B

We disagree with the Appellants. The specification does not clearly define “tangible” or a “computer readable medium.” The broadest reasonable interpretation of a “tangible computer readable medium” encompasses a transitory, propagating signal. Given that a medium can be both tangible and transitory, we agree with the Examiner’s finding that a “tangible computer readable medium” as broadly claimed encompasses a transitory, propagating signal. Transitory embodiments are not directed to statutory subject matter. Examples include physical but transitory forms of signal transmission such as radio broadcasts, electrical signals through a wire, and light pulses through a fiber-optic cable, that convey encoded information. In re Nuijten, 500 F.3d 1346, 1353-54 (Fed. Cir. 2007).

Nuijten, In re, 500 F.3d 1346, 84 USPQ2d 1495 (Fed. Cir. 2007) 2106, 2107.01

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1715 Ex Parte Rajagopalan et al 10828023 - (D) GARRIS 103 Applied Materials BURKHART, ELIZABETH A

1733 Ex Parte Mukai et al 10566433 - (D) GAUDETTE 103 THE WEBB LAW FIRM, P.C. ROE, JESSEE RANDALL

1742 Ex Parte Zhamu et al 11899008 - (D) KIMLIN 103 Bor Z. Jang SCHIFFMAN, BENJAMIN A

1754 Ex Parte McTeer 11370269 - (D) OBERMANN 103 FLETCHER YODER (MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC.) BAND, MICHAEL A

Claims measure the invention. See SRI Int’l. v. Matsushita Elec. Corp. of Am., 775 F.2d 1107, 1121 (Fed. Cir. 1985) (en banc).

1761 Ex Parte Lifchits 11789664 - (D) COLAIANNI 102/103 Christie Parker & Hale LLP NGUYEN, HAIDUNG D

1792 Ex Parte Lonergan 11564428 - (D) OWENS 103 General Mills CHAWLA, JYOTI

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2189 Ex Parte Okawa et al 10891796 - (D) DIXON 103 IBM CORPORATION RUIZ, ARACELIS

2195 Ex Parte Broussard et al 10762000 - (D) BUI 103 IBM Austin HAMILTON & TERRILE, LLP TO, JENNIFER N

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2442 Ex Parte Krishnamoorthy et al 11045515 - (D) FRAHM 103 HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY NICKERSON, JEFFREY L

2448 Ex Parte Aloni et al 11269005 - (D) GONSALVES 103 THOMAS HORSTEMEYER, LLP (Broadcom) STRANGE, AARON N

2452 Ex Parte Nastacio 11382364 - (D) DILLON 102/103 CAREY, RODRIGUEZ, GREENBERG & O'KEEFE, LLP NGUYEN, THU V

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2615 Ex Parte Curey et al 09821537 - (D) THOMAS 102/103 TAROLLI, SUNDHEIM, COVELL & TUMMINO L.L.P. LEE, PHILIP C

2644 Ex Parte Rosen et al 11096869 - (D) GONSALVES 103 QUALCOMM INCORPORATED EDOUARD, PATRICK NESTOR

2659 Ex Parte Weiser 10177685 - (D) GONSALVES 103 PHILIPS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & STANDARDS ARMSTRONG, ANGELA A

2685 Ex Parte Glenn et al 10684583 - (D) HUME 103 Lewis and Roca LLP POPE, DARYL C
 
Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2832 Ex Parte Theuss 11865122 - (D) GONSALVES 103 DICKE, BILLIG & CZAJA BAISA, JOSELITO SASIS
 
Tech Center 3900 Central Reexamination Unit (CRU)
2818 RAMBUS INC. Patent Owner, Appellant and Respondent v. MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC. Requester, Respondent and Cross-Appellant and SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS, INC. Requester 95000250 6452863 09/492,982 EASTHOM 102/103 FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER LLP ESCALANTE, OVIDIO original NGUYEN, TAN

See Application of Tiffin, 448 F.2d 791 (CCPA 1971) (commercial success evidence of thermoplastic foam cups is not commensurate in scope with broad claims directed to thermoplastic foam containers). 

Tiffin, In re, 448 F.2d 791, 171 USPQ 294 (CCPA 1971) 716.03(a)

Weak secondary considerations generally do not overcome a strong prima facie case of obviousness. See Media Techs. Licensing, LLC v. Upper Deck Co., 596 F.3d 1334 (Fed. Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 2010 WL 2897876 (Oct. 04, 2010) (“Even if [the patentee] could establish the required nexus, a highly successful product alone would not overcome the strong showing of obviousness.”).

REHEARING

DENIED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1756 Ex Parte Lu 11272448 - (D) KIMLIN 103 NIXON & VANDERHYE, PC MCDONALD, RODNEY GLENN

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