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Chief Judge Sleet Construes Terms of Semiconductor Patents

Chief Judge Gregory Sleet recently construed the terms of four patents related to semiconductor packaging. Judge Sleet construed the following terms of the patents-in-suit:
– “a top surface”
– “the second metal layer serves as a reference to”
– “layer(s)”
– “top layer”
– “bottom layer”
– “isolating ground trace”
– “to isolate the signal traces and thereby provide noise shielding”
– “to isolate the two groups of signals”
– “to create a bottom-layer isolating ground trace”
– “identifying one or more groups of signals that need to be isolated due to noise”
– “to provide noise shielding”
– “to create a second-layer isolating ground trace”
Invensas Corp. v. Renesas Elecs. Corp., C.A. No. 11-448-GMS at 1-8 (D. Del. July 15, 2013). Judge Sleet also refused to construe two terms “in the absence of a genuine dispute” because the parties had reached agreement on constructions for the terms and refused to find that method claims of one patent-in-suit were required to be performed in the order recited. Id. at 3 n.3-5.

Invensas Corp. v. Renesas Elecs. Corp., C.A. No. 11-448-GMS (D. Del. July 15, 2013).

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