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In a recent literature review, I have come across an ultra comprehensive patent (US9583678B2), which documents the entire production process of high-power light-emitting diodes (and thus captures a large chunk of a company's IP in a single document).

Is there a scientific term (from meta-science or scientometrics) for these "mega patents"?

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  • Other than over 400 reference cites is there something on the face of it that makes this stand out as unusual to you?
    – George White
    Sep 25 '20 at 17:56
  • I quickly looked at the claims and they don’t seem broad at all? What makes you think this is a mega patent?
    – Eric S
    Sep 25 '20 at 23:25
  • I don't think there is a "scientific" term for this or even a "technical" term. The patent is describing an LED fabrication process. There is a lot of prior art so in order to get granted, the patent is going to have to be specific enough to differentiate over that prior art.
    – Eric S
    Sep 29 '20 at 16:26

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