Thursday, August 21, 2014

PTAB interpretations of "integral" in various mechanical applications

Today's post will take a look at how the Board has interpreted the claim term "integral", and variations thereof, in a few different mechanical applications. In these decisions, the Board has read "integral" to be broader than unitary construction – thus covering parts that are welded together – but not so broad as to cover parts that are held together by friction fitting or that are merely interconnected.