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Two separate things are not one thing, part 2 August 4, 2011

Posted by Brian Schar in General.

In a previous post, I described why a reference that discloses one of two claim elements, but not the other, does not anticipate the claim.

A recent nonprecedential BPAI decision, Ex parte Ferren et. al., summarizes this basic point of law concisely and accurately at page 7, footnote 3: “When a claim requires two separate elements, mapping one disclosed element to both recited elements is improper.”  Two Federal Circuit cases are cited in support.  I plan to start utilizing this sentence in Office Action responses and appeal briefs, when appropriate.


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