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USPTO Issues Memorandum to Examiner Corps – Clear Communication of §112(f) Limitation Interpretation is Key

Mar. 18, 2024 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a memorandum (memo) to examiners setting forth resources available for examining limitations under 35 U.S.C. §112(f), commonly referred to as “means-plus-function” or “step-plus-function” limitations. The guidance further highlighted the importance of properly identifying and interpreting such limitations, as well as creating a clear record […]