Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"Intended purpose" does not limit claim

Appellants lost on 101 and 102 in Ex parte Uthe

From within the decision:

“An ] intended use or purpose usually will not limit the scope of the claim because such statements usually do no more than define a context in which the invention operates.” Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. v. Schering-Plough Corp., 320 F.3d 1339, 1345 (Fed. Cir. 2003). Although “[s]uch statements often . . . appear in the claim’s preamble,” In re Stencel, 828 F.2d 751, 754 (Fed. Cir. 1987), a statement of intended use or purpose can appear elsewhere in a claim. Id.

Attorneys for the appellant: CAREY, RODRIGUEZ, GREENBERG & O''KEEFE, LLP of Boca Raton, FL.


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