Means plus function : CAFC Alert

More on Typhoon: Knowledge in the Art as a Factor in Determining Sufficiency of Corresponding Algorithm

Dennis Hubbs | January 4, 2012

Since the CAFC was relatively quiet last week due to the holidays, this week we revisit Typhoon, which we discussed in our post last week.  In the second half of this case, the CAFC continued their review of the district court’s claim interpretation.  The CAFC reviewed the MPF claim term “means for cross-referencing responses to said inquiries with possible responses from one of said libraries.”  The CAFC chose to emphasize a 1985 case, Shatterproof Glass, in indicating that the amount of detail required in the specification is related to the existing knowledge in the field of endeavor.


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Means-Plus-Function Claims – “Algorithm” can be expressed in any understandable terms including in prose

Kumiko Ide | December 28, 2011

Typhoon Touch Technologies, Inc. v. Dell, Inc. et al.

CAFC, November 4, 2011

Panel: Rader, Newman, Prost.  Opinion by Newman

Summary

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held the patents in suit invalid and not infringed.  On appeal, the CAFC affirmed the district court’s rulings concerning the claim terms “memory for storing,” “processor for executing,” “operating in conjunction,” and “keyboardless.”  However, CAFC reversed the district court’s ruling that the claim term “means for cross-referencing” is indefinite for failing to satisfy the requirements of 35 U.S.C. Section 112 ¶ 2.  CAFC disagreed with the district court and held that the term “means for cross-referencing” is supported by the “structure, materials, or acts” in the specification.

地裁は、MPFのクレームにおいて、機能に対応する構造が明細書に記載されていないと判示し、特許法第112条2項に基づき、クレーム用語は不明瞭であり、クレームは無効であると判断した。CAFCは地裁に同意せず、本件では、明細書に十分な構造の開示があったと判示した。まず、コンピューターにより実施するために必要な構造(アルゴリズム(algorithm))が明細書に開示されているか否かを判断するにあたって、アルゴリズムは、数式、文章、フローチャート等、当業者が理解できるのであれば、どのような方法で開示されていても良いと示した。CAFCは、本件において必要なアルゴリズムは、文章により明細書に十分に開示されていたため、MPFの記載は不明瞭でないと判示した。


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