Thanks to Brough Turner, I have posted the claim construction for the recent patent case between Verizon and Vonage. As I learned from my experience as an expert witness, claim construction is the painstaking process in which individual words of the claims of the patent are examined in the context of the specification of the patent in order to assign meanings to them, for example in this case deciding if "name" refers to the called party or to the called party's device. Claim construction is a matter of law and is therefor decided by the a, whose decisions are rendered in the above-referenced document. All the jury gets to decide is whether the claims (as so understood) are infringed by the defendant. As Fred Goldstein has pointed out, the jury was not asked to decide if these patents are valid. Good thing for Verizon, since the claims at issue are for looking up a name and returning an address, something that's been going on in the Internet at least since Paul Mockapetris invented of DNS in 1983. I expect this will be in the courts for some time to come.