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Patent-law jury instructions - NJIP - December 5, 2008

Patent-law jury instructions - NJIP - December 5, 2008

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Proposed model instructions from the National Jury Instruction Project, a committee chaired by Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. These were circulated for public comment on December 5, 2008 (the comment period ends February 1, 2009). These will NOT be adopted officially by the Federal Circuit.
Proposed model instructions from the National Jury Instruction Project, a committee chaired by Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. These were circulated for public comment on December 5, 2008 (the comment period ends February 1, 2009). These will NOT be adopted officially by the Federal Circuit.

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Published by: Brian C. Hagerty on Jan 14, 2009
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Model Patent Jury Instructions
prepared by
The National Jury Instruction Project
December 5, 2008For CommentMembers of the Project
Kenneth C. Bass IIIDonald R. DunnerPamela Banner KrupkaRoderick R. McKelvieTeresa Stanek ReaEdward R. Reines, ChairJudge Patti B. SarisJudge T. John WardJudge Ronald M. Whyte
National Jury Instruction Project - draft instructions for patent casesCirculated for public comment 5 December 2008
Send comments by 1 February 2009 to:PatentJuryInstructions@gmail.com
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION......................................................................................................................- 1 -1 PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS...............................................................................- 2 -1.1 WHAT A PATENT IS AND HOW ONE IS OBTAINED................................- 2 -1.2 THE PATENT INVOLVED IN THIS CASE....................................................- 5 -1.3 THE POSITIONS OF THE PARTIES...............................................................- 6 -1.4 BURDEN OF PROOF—PREPONDERANCE OF THE EVIDENCE..............- 7 -1.5 BURDEN OF PROOF—CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE..............- 8 -1.6 GLOSSARY OF PATENT AND TECHNICAL TERMS.................................- 9 -2 FINAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS..................................................................................- 12 -2.1 CONTENTIONS OF THE PARTIES..............................................................- 12 -3 INFRINGEMENT.........................................................................................................- 14 -3.1 DIRECT INFRINGEMENT—GENERALLY.................................................- 14 -3.2 DIRECT INFRINGEMENT—LITERAL INFRINGEMENT.........................- 15 -3.3 THE MEANING OF CLAIM TERMS.............................................................- 16 -3.4 OPEN-ENDED OR “COMPRISING” CLAIMS.............................................- 17 -3.5 “CONSISTING ESSENTIALLY OF” CLAIMS.............................................- 18 -3.6 “CONSISTING OF” CLAIMS.........................................................................- 19 -3.7 INFRINGEMENT OF DEPENDENT CLAIMS..............................................- 20 -3.8 DIRECT INFRINGEMENT—DOCTRINE OF EQUIVALENTS..................- 21 -3.9 DIRECT INFRINGEMENT—MEANS-PLUS-FUNCTION CLAIMS..........- 23 -3.10 INDIRECT INFRINGEMENT.........................................................................- 25 -3.11 INDUCING PATENT INFRINGEMENT.......................................................- 26 -3.12 CONTRIBUTORY INFRINGEMENT............................................................- 27 -4 WILLFUL INFRINGEMENT......................................................................................- 28 -4.1 WILLFUL INFRINGEMENT..........................................................................- 28 -5 INVALIDITY...............................................................................................................- 30 -5.1 VALIDITY—GENERALLY...........................................................................- 30 -5.2 WRITTEN DESCRIPTION..............................................................................- 31 -5.3 ENABLEMENT...............................................................................................- 32 -5.4 BEST MODE....................................................................................................- 34 -5.5 ANTICIPATION PUBLICLY USED OR KNOWN, OR PREVIOUSLYPUBLISHED.....................................................................................................- 36 -5.6 ANTICIPATION—MADE OR INVENTED BY SOMEONE ELSE.............- 38 -5.7 STATUTORY BARS.......................................................................................- 40 -5.8 OBVIOUSNESS...............................................................................................- 42 -5.9 OBVIOUSNESS—(Alternative)......................................................................- 46 -5.10 SCOPE AND CONTENT OF PRIOR ART.....................................................- 49 -5.11 DIFFERENCES OVER THE PRIOR ART......................................................- 50 -5.12 LEVEL OF ORDINARY SKILL.....................................................................- 51 -
National Jury Instruction Project - draft instructions for patent casesCirculated for public comment 5 December 2008
 
 - ii -6 DAMAGES...................................................................................................................- 52 -6.1 DAMAGES: GENERALLY............................................................................- 52 -6.2 DAMAGES—BURDEN OF PROOF..............................................................- 53 -6.3 DAMAGES—WHEN DAMAGES BEGIN.....................................................- 54 -6.4 DAMAGES—LOST PROFITS........................................................................- 56 -6.5 REASONABLE ROYALTY ENTITLEMENT............................................- 58 -6.6 REASONABLE ROYALTY DEFINITION.................................................- 59 -APPENDICES..........................................................................................................................- 61 -MODEL VERDICT FORMS...................................................................................................- 61 -Verdict Form A.............................................................................................................- 62 -Verdict Form B.............................................................................................................- 64 -
National Jury Instruction Project - draft instructions for patent casesCirculated for public comment 5 December 2008

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