A Potential Lightsaber In The “Dictionary Wars”

Law360, New York (April 26, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Texas Digital for a short time held out hope that a simple dictionary definition of a complex term in a patent case could avoid the need for experts and quickly clarify many claim construction issues.

This was to be accomplished by raising the status of a dictionary to a primary source of information for the judicial construction of patent terms.

What appeared to be such a neat, clean solution created a quagmire of controversy culminating in numerous amici briefs attacking Texas Digital and leading to the...
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