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I need to use certain terms repeatedly in my dependent claims, but do not need the same terms in my independent claims. I could define the terms in each dependent claim, but that would be prolix. I would like to define the terms once, then use them throughout the dependent claims.

What is the correct form?

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Definitions go in the specification. Then the term can be used in as many claims as you like. –  George White Dec 9 '13 at 16:52
OK, but it bothers me a little that the legally precise language in the claims depends on the less formal language in the specifications. Could I introduce a loophole there if I am not careful? –  Wascally Wabbit Dec 10 '13 at 3:59

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