PTAB Cannot Treat Pre-AIA Means-Plus-Function Limitations As Purely Functional Under the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard

IPCOM GMBH & CO. v. HTC CORPORATION: July 7, 2017. Before Prost, Clevenger, Chen. Takeaway: Pre-AIA §112 ¶ 6 (means-plus-function) claim construction analysis requires that the Board not only identify the particular claimed function, but also identify the corresponding structure, material, or acts that perform that function in the specification. …

CAFC rules on issues of claim construction, anticipation, and obviousness.

  Case: Cisco Sys., Inc. v. Lee, No. 2012-1513, -1514; In Re Teles AG Informationstechnologien, No. 2012-1297 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 21, 2014) (nonprecedential). Appeals from the U.S.P.T.O. Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Reexamination Nos. 95/001,001 and 90/010,017. Before Dyk, Moore, and Wallach. Procedural Posture: Patentee Teles appealed the Board’s …