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Is it ok to introduce a named element in a claim and never mention it again?

Here's a dumb absolute beginner question: so I have in the claim something like a first lever arm pivotally connected to the widget member at a first joint; a second lever arm pivotally connected to ...
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Importance of configuration descriptions in a claim

I am looking into a new project for which there are a few similar technologies described in patents, but nothing that includes every novel feature I have in mind. However, one of them is written in an ...
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Is hiring a professional attorney/prosecutor after the first evaluation a good idea?

Right now I have no idea whom to hire, possible costs etc. I've been contacting a few firms I found online, also here, and the best I got was a polite reply saying they are no longer in business (...
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Spelling out doses in method claims with “therapeutically effective dose” language

I’m writing method claims for a nutritional supplement like the following— A method of reducing [a health condition] of a subject, comprising administering to the subject a therapeutically effective ...
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Can alternative embodiments well known to skilled persons but not described in my description be protected by my broad claim?

I missed from the description some alternative embodiments, particularly some different structures/versions/variations. The claim is broad and it is not limited to the embodiments of the description ...
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Is it possible to remove a restrictive term in the main claim of a PCT?

The drafter of my PCT did very poor work and he put a restrictive term in the main claim of my PCT. What are my options to remove that term and expand my claim at the national phase or by amending my ...
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If a claim is broader than the description, what is protected exactly?

If a description describes one embodiment but the claim is very broad that does not limit to that embodiment, what will be actually protected? Any embodiment under the broad claim or the specific ...
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Understanding the claims in this machine learning patent application

I was looking at an American machine learning patent application the other day, and it detailed many specific parts. It goes through how they label the data to solve their problem, and how they train ...
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After drafting two independent claims for interrelated apparatus, is it possible to draft 3rd independent which include both?

I have two interrelated apparatus like a socket and a plug. I'd like to draft one independent claim for each one. Is it possible to draft 3rd independent claims included both apparatus? And if it is ...
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It is ok to have “a turbine blades” in a claim as plural?

I original had "further comprises turbine blades" in the specifications and claims now moving into an independent claim, is it ok to have "a turbine blades" or "a turbine ...
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Ambiguously worded patent claim

I read a US utility patent for some technology where the first claim was a method claim consisting of multiple parts a), b), c), etc. One of those parts specified the range of radiation in which the ...
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Can I add more claims for the same invention after patent grant?

Let's just say I have an invention and I would like to have 60 patent claims to cover the invention properly. I file the application with 30 claims (3 independent and 27 dependent) and my patent is ...
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Can I add additional stages to my base system in a dependent claim?

I have three systems: a system with one stage two stages are used in the core of system 1 three stages are used in the core of system 1 Can I explain my base system with one stage in an independent ...
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How can I write the four configuration of a system in the claims of a patent?

I want to patent four configurations with the same operating principles. Should I write four independent claims to describe the four systems, and four independent claims to describe the operation ...
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What are the rules regarding the applicant being his own lexicographer?

According to the patent law, " applicant may use terms in a manner contrary to or inconsistent with one or more of their ordinary meanings if the written description clearly redefines the terms.&...
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Without access to patent attorney, Is it better to write all claims myself or to write a single, broad claim and add them later on?

I don't have access to patent attorney or professional patent drafter and I need to file an application. After that I plan to publish the invention and, if there will be some interest from any ...
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Will describing by way of a specific example in detailed description of invention support claims that are not so specific?

I am writing a patent description for a patent application. It's a blockchain protocol. When writing it, I found it easier to describe each of the steps the protocol does using an exemplary scenario. ...
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How to add more detail to an element in a dependent claim?

I have a method of monitoring computers. In my independent claim I say a network-connected device. However in my dependent claim I specifically want to say that it is an application server. Is there a ...
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Can you use having as a gerund in a method claim?

A method of cleaning a swimming pools comprising; Having a pool vacuum with a laser range finder attached; Aiming the laser range finder... Is it okay to use "Having" to introduce an element like ...
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How do you reference a method claim from a device claim?

My method claim is what my invention actually does. But my device claim is the thing that I actually want to sell. How do I reference the method claim in my device claim? Something like this? An ...
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Where in your patent application can you make an argument that you're invention is non-obvious?

I'm a guy in a garage inventor. This is my first time trying to get a patent. I've got a provisional patent and I've done a fairly extensive patent search and I've done some research on how to to fill ...
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Do 2 patents with single claim have the same legal protection as 1 patent with 2 independent claims?

I am wondering whether legally a single patent with Claim A and Claim B allows the same legal protection for the content presented in Claim A and Claim B as two single patents containing in Patent 1 ...
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How to distinguish “use” claims from “product” claims?

I understand that a claim like: A compound as claimed in claim 1 for use as a medicine. is a "use" claim (compound used as medicine) as further explained here. Now I ask myself, is a claim like: A ...
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Is it possible to proceed with patent application when prior art is found for 1, but not all, of the indipendent claims?

Suppose we have an EU or US patent with 3 claims. The examiner rejects one of the indipendent claims because of prior art. Ist it still possible to process with the patent application by giving up the ...
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Changing aspect/step of system/method of patent claim to avoid infringing upon patent

I recently asked some questions relating to the scope of claims in utility (specifically, technology) patents. The user "George White" then answered the following in response to question 2: To ...
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Characterization and scope of claims in technology patents

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 ...
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Does patent for an apparatus cover the individual sub-components as well?

My invention is a replacement part for an existing device, that results in novel functionality. My patent will claim: Existing device (A) + my novel component (B) = A novel apparatus (c) Will a ...
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Can a claim be considered prior art if when taken out of context it describes your invention?

I found a patent that has a claim that when read out of context could arguably describe my invention. Their claim requires an external device to provide a notification whereas my device recognizes the ...
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Prior art on US2020012817 & US2020042837

I'm working on a startup, and I believe I've found two infringing patents about removing text from shareable content using OCR and machine learning. These patents are US2020012817 & US2020042837 ...
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Filing a continuation to result infringement

Given the following scenario: A patent issued to me is a prior art to patent filed by another company – I have the priority date. I can easily invalidate their patent but it does not mean that uses of ...
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Difference between an independent claim and a dependent claim for same thing

Is there a difference in patentability, scope, or protection from infringement between the two cases of claims below? case 1 I claim: 1 A piece; a hole in said piece. case 2 I claim: 1 A piece. ...
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at least one there, some perhaps here within there, this way and that way

Examples I have seen seem to follow the "at least one X" language with a first X, second X type language. However, My X is an indicium delineating an angle, such as 45° or 15°, with a special stated ...
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The singular and plural has been a major issue for me as a pro se first-timer

Nothing I have seen sounds right for my little invention, so I wonder what I'm missing. The invention needs at least one X somewhere on at least the first side of Y for the minimum invention to work. ...
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In non-final office action, how to handle previously withdrawn claims?

Assume in a response to examiner's restriction requirement, an applicant elected Claim 1 and withdrew Claim 2 without traverse. Then in the following non-final office action, what should the ...
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How does “A system comprising” claim works when multiple parties involved?

I just Googled the definition for the word system. Google says, a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network; a complex whole. So the phrase "A system ...
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How patent claims are examined by an examiner?

I would like understand how a patent application get examined. Let's say, I have 1 independent claim and 99 level 1 dependent claims. Does that mean, the examiner search for prior art for all 99 ...
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Does the phrase “at least in part” cover “exact match” too?

wherein string A at least in part match with string B Is the phrase "at least in part" here valid when both string A and String B has the exact same value? Also is that phrase bi-directional?
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Where to place the “; and” in the limitation?

It seems like patent claims requires the keyword "; and" before the last limitation. I'm not sure what is considered as last limitation here. Claim 1: A method comprising: cutting ... ; copying .....
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What is the role of preamble in patent claims?

A claim reads like this. An apparatus for feeding humans, the apparatus comprising: item A; item B; item C. Another claim reads like this. An apparatus for feeding aliens, the apparatus comprising:...
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How to protect the value rather than functionality?

I have a situation where I need to protect the "value" which can be used in multiple steps. The value may be same for all steps, but sometimes it can different. I want to protect the value ...
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Can one use inconsistent terms in the claims?

My speciation contains terms like this. The term "Service" means .... The term "Service Administrator" means .... I have already filed my application. At the moment I'm amending my claims. I think I ...
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Can the preamble be same for all independent claims?

Let's say my patent has 5 independent method claims. Can all these claims have the same preamble? e.g. A method for doing X, the method comprising:
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Co-inventorship when claims based on the contributing inventor's concepts are dropped during prosecution

First, an explanation of the overall context is needed: A CIP has been filed by a sole inventor (me). After filing, it was decided that another individual probably should have been credited as a co-...
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Legal implications of description vs claims

A theorethical patent situation: Claims include: 1. A machine comprising device type A and device type B arranged to achieve X. 2. A machine according to claim 1 in which device type A is an M. 3. ...
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Can a really broad claim like 'the top is made of plastic' cause an infringement?

I came up with an idea for which a device has already been patented which has some of these really broad claims. My design would be very different from the design in the patent, but at the end they ...
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System claim with method steps included by reference

The following claim was rejected by the USPTO examiner for mixing system and method: An online computer system comprising a processor configured to perform the steps of the method of claim 16. As ...
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Computer readable medium claim rejected by USPTO examiner

The following claim was rejected by the USPTO examiner for two reasons: For mixing a product and a method. The examiner also stated that the preamble says that this is an independent claim which ...
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can claims of another patent overlap with product?

I'd like to point out I have zero experience with patents. I am a student engineer who is looking to develop a product. A company has already filed a patent for a very similar product. In claim 1 ...
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Is the phrase “none or more” acceptable in a USPTO patent claim?

The Examiner has objected to three of the claims in a patent application I have filed, due to the presence of the phrase "none or more" and requires it to be corrected to "one or more". The claim is ...
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Is it possible for patents to have trade secrets?

Is it possible to omit miscellanous or detailed mechanisms which directly depend on the main mechanism of an invention from a patent. e.g. say A is the main mechanism for an invention, B mechanism ...

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