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Related to claims definition, interpretation, technical terms, the extent, scope, of the protection conferred to a patent

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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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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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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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What does US20160034139 cover?

In reference to the patent: US20160034139 The patents link has no diagrams and hence it is very difficult to understand what this patent is all about. Can someone please explain? The first claim ...
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Understanding divided infringement in method claims

This question might be too detailed for this site, but I will give it a shot... This question relates to divided infringement and when a method claim will have multiple actors. Consider the ...
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Dependent claim from invalid independent claim

I'm following an Inter Partes Review where the petitioner is trying to invalidate every independent claim of a patent based on prior art. If this is successful, some dependent claims will remain. ...
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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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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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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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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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Claim dependence on later claim

Is it allowable in US patent applications to have a claim dependent on a later claim in an amendment? For example: (previously presented) The system of claim 17 where .... .... (currently amended) ...
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Definitions in dependent claims

I need to use certain terms repeatedly in my dependent claims, but do not need the same terms in my independent claims. I could define the terms in each dependent claim, but that would be prolix. I ...
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Elimination of Cannabis Manufacturing/Processing?

In reference to the patent: US20170290869 Seems this patent would eliminate or preclude 100's of companies in states where cannabis processing is legal, most companies are now processing by CO2 ...
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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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A patent with both apparatus (i.e. system) and method?

I read a while back that one's goal should be a patent that is a method, a system and a means (I don't quite know what a means is). Is this actually a good goal? I also read that all the steps of a ...
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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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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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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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Advantages of Designing Sub-Patents based on an initial wide-ranging Patent owned by the same inventor?

As a general rule of thumb, what would be the main approach/advantages to designing a series of secondary patents, all based on a broad initial patent, but which are themselves more specific to ...
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What is the value of patent #us3260443A “Blower” My Grandfather Edward Vactor Garnett [duplicate]

My grandfather and great-grandfather Edward and vactor Garnett have over 45 patents of automobile stuff and I'm trying to do some more research on the matter.
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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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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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Are such broad claims as in US 2014/0019309 potentially granted?

In reference to the patent: US 2014/0019309. Claim 5. The method of providing individuals a first means to shop and purchase items. Is it possible to patent such a broad claim in 2012?
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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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Request for explanation in easy words

In reference to the patent: US8463238 What does this patent claim? Could someone please explain the scope of this patent in plain English?
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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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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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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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What are the key questions that should be answered in Claims

Context: USPTO for an electronic device. Are Claims required to answer the question: What can the device do? How is it useful? How is it novel? As I understand it the description and drawings ...
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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 ...
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A US independent claim never starts with a definite article 'The'

I am digging into the USPTO bulk patents and patent applications and I observe a pattern for any independent claim: it never starts with a definite article 'The'. However, I have not proved that yet. ...
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What are the best post-Alice strategies for drafting claims in software patent applications?

As I understand, the Alice decision set up a two-step rule for determining patent eligibility. Subsequent rulings in the U.S. (like McRO, Inc. v. Activision Publishing, McRO v. Bandai Namco Games ...
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What does claim 1 of US 2008/0255822 A1 cover?

In reference to the patent: US 2008/0255822 A1 Does this patent mean that no-one can do another architecture coverage driven test generator for ARM cores? This patent is quite generic and I believe ...
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Is there a clear advantage of filing a Continuation application with new claims vs. heavy revisions of original claims?

(Clarifying with more detail): With the original application in prosecution with multiple rejections to be resolved, is there an advantage of filing a Continuation application with the same specs but ...
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When the examiner's rejection is based on “one of” language, does this necessarily mean the statement can only be allowed by changing to plural?

The example is a statement such as ...a transmission function of at least one of: a communications subsystem of the device, or program application installed on the device, capable of ...
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In claims, is it allowed and of proper form to define a term or phrase in the form “hereinafter referred to as …”?

For example: ...the message data source content to be transmitted, hereinafter referred to as “the source content” ... I feel I need to do something like this in multiple places because the ...
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First publication claim patent

I published four months before them They filed for patent eight months after I published Can I claim their patent? Also I submitted an very similar patent two months before I published. I am just ...
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Examiner Cited Disclosed Art 3 Years After the fact in a 102 Rejection

I have an outstanding patent application that has gone through 5 Office Actions, 9 prior art citations, and one improper final office action withdrawn by the TC Director over the past 3 years. On the ...