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Figure numbering - Is it OK to have gaps?

It seems like a good strategy to leave gaps in case I later want to add additional figures which "belong with" figures that are at the beginning/middle of the sequence. Otherwise, if I want to insert ...
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Patent Drafting Method: Pros & cons of drafting claims and converting claims to descriptions

What are the advantages and liabilities, if any, of drafting patent claims for an invention first, and then converting the claims into a provisional patent specification with the same wording and ...
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Describing alternative embodiments

In the Detailed Description section, when describing a specific embodiment, my patent agent would sometimes describe the alternatives. For example, in the middle of a paragraph, she would write ...
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Is there a requirement to explicitly call out a preferred embodiment?

In a patent application, is it acceptable to mention several potential embodiments, and say you don't know which one is preferred? Or should you just mention the one that you have implemented?
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'Technical effects' of software patents for eligibility

For patent eligibility of software patents in many countries including EU there is a requirement of 'technical effects' on the hardware device. These 'technical effects' are technological advances or ...
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Things to take care when inventor self drafts the patent

There is a saying that it is always better to consult and work with an attorney to draft patents. It is said that when you self-draft a patent you would draft inferior patents, miss out on things ...
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Citing art in body of application?

What factors should an inventor consider when deciding whether or not to include references to other art in the background section of their patent application? It no longer seems to be a common ...
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patent continuation

I filed a patent application a month ago. Now I found a simpler way of doing very similar thing to what I had described, basically eliminating one of the main 3 blocks of the invention. So I'm going ...
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Turning an existing description of a system into a description of a method

This question is a continuation on the results of Detailed description of a system to suit system and method claims. Notice too I'm the guy of Patent Without an Attorney, What are the Risks? and I'm ...
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any negative aspects about using the same terms as in prior art patents to refer to things?

When drafting a patent, are there any negative aspects about using the same terms as prior art patents to refer to things? What about diagrams? computer system related patents often add a system ...