In Vibrant Media, Inc. v. General Electric Co. (IPR2013-00172), a recent inter partes review (IPR) decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) analyzed the patentability of claims that recite an apparatus but also include method steps. Despite recognizing that these claims do not comply with 35 U.S.C. § 112, second paragraph, for infringement purposes, the PTAB chose to determine the patentability of the claims. This is interesting because in an earlier decision with respect to a means-plus-function claim, the PTAB declined to determine the patentability of a claim that was deemed to be indefinite. See Blackberry Corporation v. Mobilemedia Ideas, LLC (IPR2013-00036, Paper No. 65, March 7, 2014) at page 20.