Functional Claiming for Mechanical and Electrical Arts

Surviving 112(f) and Disclosing Functional Basis to Meet Heightened Standard of Review

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Thursday, September 7, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT


This CLE webinar will provide guidance to IP counsel on functional claiming in electrical and mechanical arts patents and in USPTO prosecution. The panel will examine recent court treatment and how to navigate the issue of functionality given the uncertainties in the context of prosecution and litigation.

Description

In Williamson v. Citrix Online LLC, the Federal Circuit issued a decision relating to means-plus-function claims. This decision has a dramatic impact on interpreting functional claim terms, regardless of whether claim language is being construed in prosecution, post-grant challenges at the PTAB, or district court litigation.

Patent law specifically permits functional claiming in §112(f). The applicant must provide sufficient structure in the specification to perform any functional limitations. Since Williamson, patentees must meet a heightened standard of review by sufficiently disclosing the functional basis for patents in the electrical or mechanical arts.

Patent owners and their counsel must understand the significant impact of the Williamson decision and prepare to account for the new standards when drafting applications.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys provides an overview of the Williamson decision and other recent decisions and discusses how the courts have applied the decisions. The panel will examine functional claiming in the context of patents in the mechanical and electrical arts. The panel will examine the benefits and risks involved with using functional claims and offer best practices for leveraging §112(f) and functional claims to maximize patent protection.

Outline

  1. Review of the recent decisions and how the courts have applied them
  2. Functional claiming in the mechanical arts
  3. Functional claiming in the electrical arts
  4. Benefits and risks involved with using functional claims
  5. Best practices for leveraging §112(f) and functional claims for maximum patent protection

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What impact will the Williamson decision have on functional claim interpretation for patents in the electrical arts? Mechanical arts?
  • What are the risks of a 112(f) interpretation for the patentee?
  • What is sufficient structure for supporting 112(f) claims?
  • What are best practices for drafting specifications to support functional claims?

Faculty

Doris Johnson Hines, Partner
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Hines focuses her practice on patent litigation and has led teams in U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and before arbitration panels. She has argued a number of cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She regularly represents clients in mediations and assists in licensing negotiations. She advises clients on strategic patent prosecution, monetization strategies for issued patents, and patent damages, including issues relating to standard essential patents and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

Theresa Stadheim, Esq.
Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, Minneapolis

Ms. Stadheim is a registered patent attorney. Her practice involves writing and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of wireless technologies, military and government technology, cryptographic and secure systems, computer architecture and programming, memory devices, and oil and gas industry technologies. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Stadheim worked as a designer of electrical, software and firmware systems for leading companies in the automotive industry and in the printing industry.


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