February 26, 2015

Federal Circuit Court Decisions for the Week Ending February 20, 2015

Pacing Technologies, LLC v. Garmin International, Inc., No. 2014-1396, February 18, 2015 (precedential)(3-0); Patent No. 8, 101,843

Key point(s):

  • Language in the preamble of a claim is limiting when terms in the body of the claim rely upon and derive antecedent basis from the preamble.
  • The characterization of a feature as “an object” or “another object” of the invention might rise to the level of a disclaimer that limits the scope of the invention to a recited system if combined with a statement that all those objects are “accomplished by” that recited system.

Interdigital Communications, Inc. v. U.S. Int’l Trade Commission, No. 2014-1176, February 18, 2015 (non-precedential)

Key point(s):

  • Claim differentiation arguments are less persuasive when distinguishing between independent claims, rather than between dependent claims and their independent claims.

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