When viewing technology patents, I notice that they list a number of claims, and the structure of these claims takes various forms. Relating to this, my questions are as follows:
- Does the scope of the patent pertain to what is described in each individual claim, or does the patent only apply to the technology described when considering all of the claims in combination?
- When a claim outlines steps, does that mean that the technology in each of those individual steps is patented, or does it mean that the technology outlined/described by each of the steps in totality is patented?
- When a patent claim outlines/describes a system consisting of multiple parts, are each of those individual parts under the scope of the patent, or is it only the entire system considered in totality that is considered to be under the scope of the patent?
I would greatly appreciate it if people would please take the time to clarify these points.