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John R Linzer quoted in article “Federal Circuit Decision Nudges Patent Examiners to be Reasonable”

The Indiana Lawyer

Below is an excerpt:

Although it only affirms what has been said before, a September decision from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals is nevertheless surging in popularity among inventors and their attorneys because it reminds the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the standard of “broadest reasonable interpretation” for evaluating patent applications does not mean “broadest possible interpretation.”

“It gives us a tool to kind of slap an examiner’s hand a little bit,” patent attorney John Linzer said, summarizing the decision in In re: Smith International, Inc. Linzer is a member of the intellectual property practice group at the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP.