Vanessa LeFort

Vanessa LeFort

McDermott Will & Emery

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“Nonce” Words and Means-Plus-Function Analysis

Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC - Where the word “means” is not actually recited in a patent claim, case law provides a strong presumption that the claim is not a means-plus-function claim under § 112(f). If it is...more

1/5/2015 - Means-Plus-Function Patent Litigation Patents

Neither Data Structures Nor Gathering and Combining Data Are Subject-Matter Eligible

Digitech Image Technologies, LLC v. Electronics for Imaging, Inc. - In a short opinion addressing subject-matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that patent...more

8/28/2014 - Appeals CLS Bank v Alice Corp Data Collection Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

On a Plain and Ordinary Meaning of “Embedded” Code in a Web Page

Augme Techs., Inc. v. Yahoo! Inc. - Addressing a district court’s construction of the claim term “embedded” code as code “written into the HTML code of the web page” and the related summary judgment of non-infringement...more

8/6/2014 - Claim Construction Internet Patent Litigation Patents Plain Meaning Websites Yahoo!

Expert's Failure to Properly Apply Obviousness Standard Leads to Vacated Jury Verdict

InTouch Techs., Inc. v. VGo Communications, Inc. - Addressing the sufficiency of expert testimony to support a jury’s finding of obviousness, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district...more

7/3/2014 - Appeals Jury Verdicts Obviousness Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Prior Art Vacated

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