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Intellectual Property Law

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Process Considerations In The Age Of Markman And Mantras, Craig Allen Nard Jan 2001

Process Considerations In The Age Of Markman And Mantras, Craig Allen Nard

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This article asserts that although notions of uniformity and certainty have always been part of patent law parlance, since the Federal Circuit's decision in Markman v. Westview Instruments, Inc., these noble ends have achieved mantra status. In Markman, the Federal Circuit, in the name of uniformity and certainty, characterized claim interpretation as a question of law subject to de novo review, thus positioning itself as the arbiter of claim meaning. If the Federal Circuit is unwilling to exercise greater obeisance toward district court claim interpretations, this article argues that to achieve uniformity and certainty in the context of de ...