Fed. Circ. Reverses EnOcean Patent Ruling

Law360, Los Angeles (January 31, 2014, 7:57 PM ET) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday reversed a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office board's ruling that EnOcean GmbH's patent claims for a self-powered wireless switch are unpatentable in light of prior art, saying the board erred in finding certain claim limitations are not adequately supported in EnOcean's prior applications for priority purposes.

A three-judge panel ruled that the USPTO's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences erred in treating certain EnOcean claims as means-plus-function claims and in concluding that certain claim limitations lack support in the company's German...
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