Means-Plus-Function

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Judge Thrash Declines to Read in Limitations From the Specification in Dysphagia Treatment Patent Dispute

On April 4, 2014, Judge Thrash issued an opinion and order construing a number of claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,725,564 ("the '564 patent"), 5,987,359 ("the '359 patent"), 6,104,958 ("the '958 patent"), and 7,280,873 ("the...more

Developments in Patent Law 2013; The D.C. Bar Year in Review

In this article: - Patentability, Validity, and Procurement of Patents - Interpretation and Infringement of Patents - Enforcement of Patents - Patents at the U.S. Supreme Court - Excerpt...more

Intellectual Property Client Alert: Definiteness in Patent Claims

The Federal Circuit, in Function Media v. Google, has determined that use of “means” language in a claim can lead to indefiniteness. Functional Media sued Google for infringement of three patents regarding advertising...more

A US and Australian comparison of “Means plus function”

Means-plus-function language in patent claims is interpreted very differently in Australia compared to the US. This can lead to vastly different findings with regards to validity and/or infringement. ...more

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