Federal Circuit Hears Oral Arguments In Crucial Patent Case

Law360, New York (February 7, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Over 250 people thronged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday to watch oral arguments in a case that strikes at the heart of the U.S. patent litigation system and could potentially affect every patent issued in the U.S.

The case, Phillips v. AWH, could decide whether courts should look primarily to the dictionary to define the terms that describe the scope of an invention.

It is expected to provide policy guidance to district-court judges and will likely lead to a lower...
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