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Patent Claim Construction: A Modern Synthesis and Structured Framework


Peter S. Menell


University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Matthew D. Powers


Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Steven C. Carlson


Fish & Richardson P.C.

January 6, 2011

Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2, p. 713, 2010
UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1476395

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The construction of patent claims plays a critical role in nearly every patent case. It is central to evaluation of infringement and validity, and can affect or determine the outcome of other significant issues such as unenforceability, enablement, and remedies. Yet jurists and scholars have long lamented the challenges of construing patent claim terms. Drawing upon more than a decade of working with the Federal Judicial Center, leading jurists in those districts with the largest patent dockets, experienced litigators, and academics, this article provides a pragmatic and cohesive framework and roadmaps for navigating this rapidly evolving landscape as well as guidance on the best practices for managing claim construction.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 119

Keywords: Patent, Claim Construction, Patent Case Management, Patent Local Rules

JEL Classification: K39

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Date posted: September 21, 2009 ; Last revised: October 15, 2011

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Menell, Peter S. and Powers, Matthew D. and Carlson, Steven C., Patent Claim Construction: A Modern Synthesis and Structured Framework (January 6, 2011). Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2, p. 713, 2010; UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1476395. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1476395

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Peter S. Menell (Contact Author)
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States
Matthew D. Powers
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP ( email )
201 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood Shores, CA 94065
United States
Steven C. Carlson
Fish & Richardson P.C. ( email )
500 Arguello St.
Suite 500
Redwood City, CA 94063
United States
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