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In Re Smith International, 16-2303

Reversing a decision by the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent and Trial Appeal Board affirming the examiner's rejections of patent claims involving drilling tools for oil and gas operations because the Board's interpretation of the word 'body' was unreasonably broad and inconsistent with the word's use elsewhere in the specification.

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  • Published 2017/09/26



  • United States Federal Circuit


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