What Phillips v. AWH Means To Patent Law

Law360, New York (July 14, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In Phillips v. AWH Corporation, the en banc Federal Circuit clarified a previous decision by ruling that the patent specification — not dictionaries — should be the primary source of evidence in construing the claims of a patent.  The opinion, joined by 9 of the 12 judges, stated that its 2002 holding in Texas Digital Systems, Inc. v. Telegenics, Inc., improperly elevated the dictionary to a prominence that focused the inquiry on the abstract meaning of words, rather than on the meaning of the claim terms...
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