Means-Plus-Function Claim

Limitation in claim for image processing apparatus that recites “a destroying member for destroying said thermally processed film after said film has been scanned” is means-plus-function limitation, since term “a destroying member” is provided within functional context to describe functional feature of destroying thermally processed film after it has been scanned, and as such is permissible under narrow rule of construction of 35 U.S.C. §112, sixth paragraph.  (Sanada v. Reynolds, 67 USPQ2d 1459, Bd Pat App & Int (unpub), 3/19/03).


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