DOE (Doctrine of Equivalence)
DOE (Doctrine of Equivalence) is admitted
*Equivalent infringement was found on the requirements due to a method removed in an amendment.
*An equal infringement was established on the method removed by an amendment corresponding to a notice of reasons for refusal of lack of inventive step.
(Along with global trends in flexible practice of the “Flexible bar”)
<Writer: Hideki Takaishi (Attorney-at-law licensed in Japan and California)>