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REXNORD CORP. v. LAITRAM CORP., 00-1395

Patent applicant's failure to describe in the specification a conceivable and possible future embodiment of his invention does not preclude claim coverage when claim history includes possible embodiment.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/15/2001
  • Published 11/19/2001

Judges

  • CLEVENGER, Circuit Judge., Before NEWMAN, CLEVENGER and DYK, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Federal Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Philip C. Swain,Foley, Hoag & Eliot LLP, of Boston, Massachusetts, argued for plaintiff-appellant.   With him on the brief were Steven W. Phillips and Katherine M. Hamill.   Of counsel on the brief was Jules Jay Morris, Invensys PLC, of Foxboro, Massachusetts.

  • For Appellees:
  • Gregory J. Vogler, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., of Chicago, Illinois, argued for defendants-appellees.   With him on the brief were Timothy J. Malloy, Scott P. McBride, and Ronald H. Spuhler.   Of counsel on the brief was Barry L. LaCour, The Laitram Corporation, of Harahan, Louisiana.
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