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Retractable Technologies, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson and Co.

Petition for certiorari denied on January 7, 2013

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
11-1154 Fed. Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2012

Issue: (1) Whether a court may depart from the plain and ordinary meaning of a term in a patent claim based on language in the patent specification, where the patentee has neither expressly disavowed the plain meaning of the claim term nor expressly defined the term in a way that differs from its plain meaning; and (2) whether claim construction, including underlying factual issues that are integral to claim construction, is a purely legal question subject to de novo review on appeal.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jan 18 2012Application (11A683) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from January 29, 2012 to March 19, 2012, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Jan 19 2012Application (11A683) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until March 26, 2012.
Mar 20 2012Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 23, 2012)
Apr 23 2012Brief amicus curiae of Indiana University Maurer School of Law Center for Intellectual Property Research filed.
Apr 24 2012Order extending time to file response to petition to and including May 25, 2012.
May 25 2012Brief of respondent Becton, Dickinson and Company in opposition filed.
Jun 4 2012Reply of petitioners Retractable Technologies, Inc., and Thomas J. Shaw filed.
Jun 5 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 21, 2012.
Jun 25 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 28, 2012.
Jun 29 2012The Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.
Nov 28 2012Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
Dec 12 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 4, 2013.
Dec 12 2012Supplemental brief of petitioners Retractable Technologies, Inc., et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jan 7 2013Petition DENIED.