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Webinar: Functional Claiming: The Turbulent Seas of Prosecution and Claim Construction

Finnegan-Hosted Event; Webinar; Speaking Engagement

September 13, 2017


Two years have passed since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC, a landmark case redefining the standard for determining whether claim terms should be construed as “means-plus-function” language. More varieties of functional claim language, besides traditional “means for” and “step for” terms, arguably qualify as means-plus-function language under Williamson than qualified under the old standard. This presents a challenge to companies and practitioners in predicting how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and U.S. district courts will handle such terms.

Join our panel for an overview of district court cases decided after Williamson and a discussion on the practical impacts of these cases. Topics include:

• Williamson and its effect on construing functional language
• Recent developments and cases decided post-Williamson, including the effect of those decisions on patents and applications in particular technology areas
• Strategies and considerations in view of these recent developments
• Challenges for Asian companies pursuing U.S. patent applications based on foreign-language priority applications

This webinar is the final segment of Finnegan’s summer 2017 series, “Shifts in U.S. Patent Law: How to Pivot.”

Ningling Wang

John M. Mulcahy
James D. Stein

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. India
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. China/Taiwan
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Japan/Korea

Register: Registration for all webinars is free of charge. Please register by Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Webinar access and dial-in information will be sent upon registration.

Scheduling Conflict? Finnegan records all hosted webinars. To view the recorded program, simply register for the webinar and you will receive an access link shortly after the live program is complete.

Mulcahy, John M.
Stein, James D.
Wang, Ningling

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Webinar: Functional Claiming: The Turbulent Seas of Prosecution and Claim Construction