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What is the minimum number of step required in an independent claim?

Can an independent claim can have only one non-obvious inventive step? e.g. A system comprising: Obvious step Inventive step Obvious step Can it be like this to make it broad? A ...
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Is amending an independent claim in an amendment fully responsive to dependent claim rejections?

As in the title, if an examiner rejects claims 1 and 2, with claim 2 being dependent on claim 1, would amending only claim 1 be fully responsive to the office action? For example, Claim 1: A Z ...
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Can a patent owner add more claims by requesting re-examination?

I found a prior art which contains the base part of my invention. It's a granted patent published 5 years back. My patent claims will be narrow to avoid rejection. Can this patent owner, apply for ...
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Can someone infringe my invention by reordering the steps?

My claims looks like this A system for X comprising: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Can someone infringing my invention by reordering the steps? A system for X comprising: ...
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How exactly patent priority date works when multiple priority dates claimed?

I still can't able to understand how priority date works. Let's say I filed a provisional patent in Jan 2019. That specification contains nearly 95% of the real invention. In Jun 2019, I filed one ...
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Can an independent claim depends on other independent claims?

I have two independent claims and they have multiple dependent claims. I have a third independent claim. Can this third independent claim refer to independent claim 1 and 2? Example: Independent ...
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Will there be any downside if I show my patent claims to my infringer before publication?

I already published my paper. [After filing provisional application] A big company seems like copied my work from my paper and they are about to release their product in few months. The reason I ...
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Where to find recent claims of CN204293650U

Please let me know where I can find recent claims of patent application CN204293650U.
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Can one change claims when applying a national stage application using a PCT application?

My PCT application has more than 100 claims. I wanna have the strongest protection possible in some countries whereas in others I need some limited protection. [I don't want to waste too much money ...
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Election of species for prosecution

I wonder if anyone can answer this. What the US examiner says appears at first sight ambiguous, but there is perhaps a clue in the reference to 35 U.S.C. 121 (which I looked at). The examiner says: “...
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Does an intermediate step considered as patent infringement?

An existing patent uses step A, B, C in the independent claim. My invention inserts a non-obvious step X before step C. So my invention looks like this. A, B, X, C Can the existing patent owner sue ...
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Can one rearrange a claim when examined by the examiner?

I have plenty of dependent claims. I wanna rearrange claims if the main claim rejected by examiner. For example, Claim 4 and 5 depends on claim 3. Claim 3 and 2 depends on the main claim. Claim 1 ...
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Combination of Dependent Claims Infringement

I have a question regarding dependent claim combinations and the infringement of them. Lets say I have these claims: A + B Claim 1 + C Claim 1 + D If someone has an apparatus A + B + C + D, would ...
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difference between count and claim?

I've been reading a decision from 93' - throughout the decision the court refers to the one claim as "count". is there a difference or are these interchangeable?
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What is the practical value of repeating similar claims in slightly different contexts?

In claims for a computer-implemented invention, what is the practical advantage of repeating similar claims under "a method," "a system," and "a non-transitory computer usable medium" categories? i....
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Combining two possible goals or outcomes in an initial claims statement (see stated example)

Would examiners accept a Claim 1 statement ending like this? : ...in order to execute transmission to, or connection therewith, the method comprising So the issue is whether or not the claim ...
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Distinction between phrases “one or more” and “at least one” and need to include phrase “a plurality of”

In claims, is there any distinction between the phrases "one or more of" and "at least one of"? If "a plurality of" has already been used in the Claim 1 initial statement (e.g., "at least one of a ...
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Language in claims for individual instance of a plurality

An element in an independent claim reads: a plurality of widgets Since everything I've read says you MUST refer to "said plurality of widgets" or "the plurality of widgets"... Also, if you may ...
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Can I sell this patented product outside the US?

I'm trying to reproduce this product: https://patents.google.com/patent/US20160324283A1/en but I wondered if I could sell it outside the US since it has the WO patent... Thanks!
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How to develop intuition for writing claim?

I've seen many patent claim examples, and I've tried to write some myself, but each time it feels like I cannot adequately describe/articulate the invention to the level that is needed for the patent ...
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What is a difference between System Claims and Method Claims?

In many countries, system claims are treated differently as compared to method claims. I wish to understand - What is difference between system and method claims? Generally speaking, in what ...
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What is the strength of the patent, if during re-examination all the independent claims get cancelled and only dependent claims are confirmed?

In the patent US7292151B2, many claims including independent claims have been cancelled during reexamination. However, patentability of corresponding dependent claims is still confirmed. In this case, ...
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Patent Application Development Artifacts

From the inventor perspective that has an patenet attorney team developing a patent, I am trying to put together a plan comprising a list of deliverables (to be produce by patent attorneys), each with ...
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Can I change a filed utility patent application to change the original filing fee?

I've filed a utility patent application, with a number of claims that increased the original filing fee. Is it possible to change that application, to reduce the number of claims, resulting in the ...
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Impact of claim scope on potential infringement

It happens often that patent claims have as broad a scope as they can get away with. However, I have heard that, if your invention can be in general described by an independent claim of a third-party ...
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Are “patent-claims” and “elements of a claim” defined in the law?

I'm trying to understand "claims" and how they define an invention. Is there a strict unambiguous definition of "claim" and how multiple claims about the same invention together with the "elements" ...
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Should a dependent claim only referrence another dependent claim if it depends on it's new subject matter?

Along with this question. What difference does it make if you reference an independent claim directly or indirectly through another dependent claim? Is it ever necessary to state "as claimed in any ...
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What is the difference between a withdrawn claim and a cancelled claim?

In an amendment to the claims, you can mark them (Original), (Currently amended), (Canceled), (Withdrawn), (Previously presented), (New), and (Not entered). What is the difference between Withdrawn ...
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Isn't this patent following the same process as US5854056A?

In reference to the patent: WO2017151684A1 (Patent 1) I think that it follows the same process as described by patent US5854056A (Patent 2) from 1997 and titled Fungal cell wall production and ...
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Claims for aggregated system

This is deeper-dive to earlier question Constructing multi-part system claims Let's take another example effectively describing easy imagine weather station system for home where there are multiple (...
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Constructing multi-part system claims

What would be the right way to construct claim multi-component system that has their own construct? Let's say I claim meat production system (or actually ecosystem). I claim: A meat production ...
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Can a patent make you stop selling your product?

You invented, build, and a product (like a Personal Cooling Unit a devise you wear over your close to keep cool). You have records and receipts of your sales, published pictures, online catalogs, and ...
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Set-theoretic view of dependent vs. independent claims

I know that the role of dependent claims has been thoroughly explained in another post in this forum. However, I wanted to clarify something, to see if I am getting this right: A dependent claim must ...
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How to write claim language for a clasp designed for a variably sized enclosure?

I want to state that the clasping system in my invention can be used in any size of enclosure. Specifically, I have doubts between using the words: "may" or "is" 2 examples: "enclosure may be ...
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Why would a corporation file a continuation that consists of one large claim?

I've found an allowed continuation to a parent patent application, in which the continuation contains a single claim that appears to be one long concatenation of the original 20 claims of the parent ...
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Systems and methods claims

The invention of interest is a system comprised of methods and a collection of tangible measurement device & electronic data collection systems. I was advised to avoid mixing: the structure ...
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claims drafting

In reference to the patent: WO2015002635A1 Is it ok to write a word like ''substantially'' in claims?
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U.S. Patent Law: Filing a Regular Application with broader claims than the provisional - will the USPTO deny the earlier filing date?

Let's say an Inventor is trying to patent a drinking cup/mug. In July 2018, the Inventor files a Provisional Patent Application, with a claim for "a cylindrical drinking vessel storing consumable ...
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Can claims be amended after patent contents become public?

I have filed non provisional, regular utility patents applications. I will be also filing continuation applications. Can I add or amend claims after the content is made public? Such as in a crowd ...
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Claims wording: too narrow and subject to workaround?

A test and measurement system records data. Would it be better to indicate: A test and measurement system that forwards data to a data store . (not a 'database'). OR is it 'good enough' to state:...
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Okay to use “optionally” in a claim?

In a claim, is it okay to use something like: ... node A connects to node B, optionally encrypted, such as via SSL or TLS. I know I can add a dependent claim instead, but is there any advantage of ...
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How broad are patents?

If i patent a device that puts mail in peoples mail boxes and the someone else tries to patent a different way of doing the same thing, and one of my approved claims is for devices that put mail in ...
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Does „at least one“ mean a four?

The independent claim declares „comprising … at least one support.“ The dependent claim state „a body joined to said support.“ Does the dependent claim cover a body that is joined to, say, four ...
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Patent 2336970 interactive electronically presented map

One of our clients received a complaint regarding the use of a interactive map. In this case Google maps with a markers overlay showing store locations. The patent https://data.epo.org/gpi/EP2336970B1-...
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Do consistently disparaged embodiments lack claim support?

Disparaging the prior art/alternative embodiments, especially in combination with a limited characterization of the disclosed embodiments (e.g. only describe embodiments without the disparaged ...
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Edited Claims- what date priority?

On an old Non-provisional, if the patent owner keeps revising claims based on alternative embodiments and gets them granted, What priority date do the new granted claims have? Old priority date or ...
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Do I need to define 'IOT sensors' when using the term in claims?

Can one expect the patent examiner to know that an 'IOT sensor' is a sensor that communicates to a computer that is networked into a LAN or WWAN?
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Amendment of objectionable or rejected claims?

As I understand it, claims can be: rejected: the substance is unallowable under 35 U.S.C. 101, 102, 103 and/or 112. objected: the form of the claim is improper 37 CFR 75 grouping requirement ...
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Second use claims

What is the right format of a second use claim? Is it the same as the swiss style format? The patent office in my country does not accept the swiss style claims that I submitted, then I am supposed to ...
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Does the finding of an invalid claim defeat the patent application?

As I understand it, a dependent claim would be invalidated if the cited independent claim is found invalid by the authority (examiner or judge). QUESTIONS Scenario 1: USPTO examiner finds an ...