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Corning Glass Works v. Sumitomo Electric USA, Inc
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Only short distance communications were permitted by prior fiberoptics, so efforts began to develop long-distance options. Plaintiff then patented a fiberoptic composite made of a doped silica core and a fused silica cladding (doping optional) with the purpose to function specifically as an optical waveguide over long distances (the '915 patent). Later, Defendant patented its S-3 fibers, which accomplished the same purpose as the fibers in the '915 patent. The district court held the S-3 fibers infringed upon the '915 patent claims and the '915 claims were valid. Defendant appealed.
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