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Case Study: In Re Youman

Gerald M. Murphy, Jr. for Law 360

On May 8, 2012, the Federal Circuit provided some important clarification as to what can, and cannot, be permissibly recaptured through a broadened reissue application.

The technology at issue relates to an electronic program schedule system that allows a user to access and navigate television efficiently using a remote controller. Original claim 1 in the patent application was directed to:

An electronic television programming guide … comprising: user control means …; data processing means …; a video display generator; and selection means for allowing said user to select a title for display on said television receiver by selecting the first n characters of said title, where n is greater than or equal to one; said data processing means being responsive.

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