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Chief Judge Sleet: Claim Construction Order

In Grape Technology Group, Inc., et al. v. Jingle Networks, Inc., C.A. No. 08-408-GMS (D. Del. Jan. 25, 2010), Chief Judge Sleet recently construed the following terms of the patents at issue:

“affiliated with a customer command … issued from a customer telephonic device”
related to a customer command transmitted from a telephone
“generating a data field”
construed to have its plain and ordinary meaning
“the enhanced directory service sought by the customer”
service supplemental to standard telephone number directory assistance to be provided to the calling party
“ordered as a function of”
construed to have its plain and ordinary meaning
“establishing a communication”
enabling the exchange of signals
“event record”
one or more data fields used to memorialize an aspect of an information assistance call for purposes of billing
“during the communication” and “during the communications connection”
while the signals are enabled to be exchanged
“interface to receive signals to establish a communication”
hardware, software, or a combination thereof that accepts incoming information assistance requests
“subscriber”
any individual or business entity whose information is stored for retrieval by the communication assistance system
“information corresponding to a plurality of subscribers” and “information corresponding to subscribers” and “information corresponding to each of said subscribers”
data associated with subscribers
“a subscriber information other than the subscriber information requested by said requester”
construed to have its plain and ordinary meaning
“telephone switch”
construed to have its plain and ordinary meaning
“a first database”
construed to have its plain and ordinary meaning
“closing prompt message”
a message provided to a calling party upon completion of the information assistance call but prior to connecting the subscriber
“select(ing) a closing prompt code from a plurality of available closing prompt codes” and “selects said closing prompt code from any one of said available closing prompt codes” and “selection of said closing prompt code by said closing prompt module is from any one of said available closing prompt codes . . . relating to a subscriber information other than the subscriber information requested by said requester”
construed to have its plain and ordinary meaning
“available closing prompt codes”
construed to have its plain and ordinary meaning
“desired closing prompt message”
a closing prompt message identified by a specific closing prompt code
“available closing prompt messages”
construed to have its plain and ordinary meaning
Grape Technology Group, Inc., et al. v. Jingle Networks, Inc., C.A. No. 08-408-GMS (D. Del. Jan. 25, 2010)

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