Emergis Techs., Inc. v. PNM Resources & Otter Tail Corporation, Nos. 2007-1247 & 1252, Slip Op. (Fed. Cir. Jan. 31, 2008) (Moran, Sen. Jr.).*
Judge Moran, sitting by designation, authored the Federal Circuit’s decision reversing in part the District of New Mexico’s and the District of Minnesota’s claim constructions and upholding the Court’s findings of noninfringement. The Court held that payments that went “directly” from customer to invoicer were correctly construed as requiring no third party involvement. But the Court held that based on the specification, “customer invoice account number” was an invoice number as opposed to a more generic customer number. The Court upheld the non-infringement decision because the accrued systems either used third parties to process payments or did not use an invoice number.