O2 Micro Decision Sorts 'Scope' From 'Meaning'

Law360, New York (June 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Ten years ago in Markman, the Supreme Court ruled that the “scope and meaning” of a patent’s claims — that is, the boundaries of the invention — were a matter of law to be determined by district courts, not juries. Against such a judge-laid framework, the jury would then assess infringement by determining whether the accused product fell within those district court-defined boundaries.

With its ruling, the Supreme Court sought to take the question of how broad or narrow a patent was out of the jury’s...
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