On March 1st, the Public Patent Foundation ("PUBPAT") announced that it has released claim construction dictionaries authored by Dr. David Garrod (PUBPAT Senior Litigation Counsel) free of charge to the public. The dictionaries are available for download through the PUBPAT web siteor through Google Docs. Three dictionaries are available relating to (1) electronics, computer and business method arts; (2) mechanical, electro-mechanical and medical device arts; and (3) chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology arts.
As stated in PUBPAT's press release, "[e]ach of the released volumes covers district and appellate court decisions in the indicated subject areas, starting with the Federal Circuit's 1995 Markman decision and running through the end of 2009. Content appears in an easy-to-read dictionary format, indexed by the exact claim language construed. Because the usefulness of any particular construction depends critically on the reason that the court adopted the construction in question (e.g., was it "plain meaning" or a definition in the patent), each entry is endnote-linked to the relevant decisional text, with the portions of the full-text that define the particular construction highlighted for easy reference."
Interested individuals can download the three claim construction dictionaries using links in PUBPAT's press release.