Monday, April 22, 2013

Non-functional descriptive material discussed in Ex parte Lee

from Ex parte Lee

We also note in passing that the type of data being retrieved upon
rebooting or power loss pertains to non-functional descriptive material.
Non-functional descriptive material does not patentably distinguish over
prior art that otherwise renders the claims unpatentable. See In re Ngai, 367
F.3d 1336, 1339 (Fed. Cir. 2004); see also Ex parte Nehls, 88 USPQ2d
1883, 1887-90 (BPAI 2008) (precedential) (discussing cases pertaining to
non-functional descriptive material).


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