Federal Circuit Hands Down Landmark Decision In Phillips v. AWH

Law360, New York (July 12, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a landmark decision that strikes at the heart of the U.S. patent litigation system, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday laid down ground rules for determining the scope of an invention as written in the patent's claims.

In a decision handed down by the full court, with two dissenting opinions, the Federal Circuit said it disagreed with the district court’s claim construction in the much-awaited Phillips v. AWH case and reversed the summary judgment of noninfringement.

The case hinged on...
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