Posted On: April 30, 2012 by Pilar G. Kraman

Judge Burke construes claim terms of patent related to aircraft seating systems

In Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. v. Delta Airlines, Inc., C.A. No. 11-61-LPS-CJB (D. Del. Apr. 27, 2012), Judge Burke issued a Report and Recommendation construing the claim terms of U.S. Patent No. 7,469,861 entitled “Seating System and a Passenger Accommodation Unit for a Vehicle.”  The ‘861 patent discloses a seating system “by which the passenger seats are oriented at an angle to the aisle . . . of the plane.”  Id. at 2.  The principal focus of the ‘861 patent “appears to be on seating systems that convert to a ‘substantially flat bed.’”  Id.  Judge Burke construed the following claim terms:

“substantially flat bed”

“having”

“behind”

“substantially horizontal surface”

“upper sleeping surface”

“about the same height”

“usable space to a passenger”

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. v. Delta Airlines, Inc., C.A. No. 11-61-LPS-CJB (D. Del. Apr. 27, 2012)