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Personal Web Techs., LLC v. Apple, Inc., 2016-1174

In an appeal of inter partes review of certain claims of a patent that describes and claims methods (or devices for carrying out methods) of locating data and controlling access to data by giving a data file a substantially unique name that depends on the file's content--a so-called 'True Name'--the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's decision is: 1) affirmed as to the Board's claim construction; but 2) vacated as to the obviousness determination because the Board did not adequately support its findings that the prior art disclosed all elements of the challenged claims and that a relevant skilled artisan would have had a motivation to combine the prior-art references to produce the claimed inventions with a reasonable expectation of success.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2017/02/14

Judges

  • TARANTO

Court

  • United States Federal Circuit

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