Giles S. Rich
Palo Alto, CA
Members: Natalie Ryang and Han (Lu) Ling
Coaches: Kyle McLean and Brittany Stahl (student coach)
Description of Issues:

Hal is a sentient AI program created by Dr. Schrodinger. Pet Accessories, Inc. (PA) hired Hal to help develop pet accessories. Hal invented an automated pet food dispenser, and PA applied for a patent on the invention. The application listed Dr. Schrodinger as the inventor, not Hal. The patent was granted.

PA sued Purr-fect Technologies, Inc. (PTI) for patent infringement. PTI argued that PA's patent was invalid for improper inventorship because neither Dr. Schrodinger nor Hal can be listed as an inventor on the patent. PTI also argued that the patent's claim includes a means-plus-function limitation under 35 USC 112(f) and that the limitation is indefinite under 112(b) because no structure is disclosed in the patent's specification that corresponds to the limitation.

The district court found for PTI on both issues. PA now appeals. The two issues on appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit are:

1. Whether claim 1 of the '399 patent is invalid as indefinite under 35 USC 112(b).

2. Whether the '399 patent is invalid for incorrect inventorship.

Scheduling Contact: Brittany Stahl (
Mon. February 10
7:00PM - 9:00PM Room F
Tue. February 11
7:00PM - 8:00PM Room G
Thu. February 13
12:00PM - 1:00PM Room H Laura Tovar Mikayla O'Neal
Sat. February 15
9:00AM - 11:00AM Room E Charles Tait Graves
Tue. February 18
10:00AM - 12:00PM MCR Engram Wilkinson
7:00PM - 9:00PM Room G
Fri. February 21
12:00PM - 1:00PM Room F Rachel Winer
Sat. February 22
9:00AM - 10:00AM MCR
Mon. February 24
7:00PM - 9:00PM Room K Charles Tait Graves Fred Ji
Tue. February 25
10:00AM - 12:00PM MCR Engram Wilkinson Atrina Navneet
Thu. February 27
1:00PM - 2:00PM MCR CJ Connolly
Sat. February 29
9:00AM - 11:00AM Room F Yena (9am-10am)
Mon. March 2
7:00PM - 9:00PM MCR Kristin Lahaszow
Tue. March 3
10:00AM - 12:00PM Room J
1:00PM - 3:00PM Room J
Thu. March 5
10:00AM - 12:00PM Room 640
12:30PM - 2:30PM Room 640
Sun. March 8
10:00AM - 12:00PM Room J
Mon. March 9
7:00PM - 9:00PM MCR Charles Tait Graves Fred Ji
Tue. March 10
11:00AM - 12:00PM Room E
Wed. March 11
3:30PM - 4:30PM Room H CJ Connolly Matthew Avery
Thu. March 12
12:00PM - 1:00PM Room G CJ Connolly Ada Shao
Sat. March 14
9:00AM - 11:00AM Room J
Sun. March 15
10:00AM - 12:00PM Room D
Mon. March 16
7:00PM - 8:00PM MCR Fred Ji
Tue. March 17
7:00PM - 9:00PM Room E
Wed. March 18
3:30PM - 4:30PM Room F
Thu. March 19
11:00AM - 1:00PM Room D (Send off!)