Detroit, MI (November 30, 2017) – On Wednesday, December 6 at 2pm EST, Charles Bieneman, along with other notable panelists, will be guest speaking on IP Chat Channel to discuss the Federal Circuit’s recent guidance on functional claiming in Mastermine v. Microsoft.
The recent case reversed a lower court’s finding of indefiniteness – holding that the claims were not improperly simultaneously directed to both an apparatus and a method of using the apparatus. That decision could provide helpful guidance to patent prosecutors on how to claim user-driven hardware features in the first instance, as well as how to impress upon a patent examiner that functional language of such claims does not cross the line to reciting a separate statutory class.
The title of the IP Chat Channel series is Definitely Dysfunctional: The Latest on Functional Claiming after Mastermine v. Microsoft and the panelists include Charles Bieneman, Dennis Crouch, and Scott McKeown.
The IP Chat Channel webinars are one-hour long and the registration fee is $135. For more information and to register, please visit the IPO IP Chat Channel website.
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