Recent Trends in USPTO Treatment in Claim Terms and How it Impacts Universities
Claims for computer-related technology often incorporate functional limitations. Functional limitations can inadvertently trigger 112(f) means-plus-function treatment by the USPTO, which can lead to indefiniteness issues if the specification is not carefully drafted. The presenters will discuss the applicable means-plus-function rules, how the rules can apply in applications for early-stage university research and technology, trends in means-plus-function analysis at the USPTO and courts, and how applicants can avoid these 112 issues. Additionally, functional language as used in the life sciences and biotechnology may cause written description and enablement 112 issues. Strategies for avoiding such rejections will also be discussed.
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