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What's wrong with using "claim language" in the description?

I'm often told to keep "claim language" like "plurality" and "comprising" out of the description. Is this just a style preference or is there any compelling reason to ...
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Can reference characters refer to both singulars and plurals in the description?

Suppose a drawing contains a (single) thing labeled with a reference character, for example, "Client Device 102." Is it proper to later refer to the client device using a plural? For ...
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Detailed Description: Okay to give implementation suggestions and tips?

Is it okay to give implementation "suggestions", or do descriptions of embodiments need to be exacting? Could an answer please elaborate on why or why not by adding experience or anecdotes? ...
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Is it possible to describe functionally materials instead of chemically?

If in my description, I describe functionally materials, will this protect my invention from any known material suitable for this function? E.g. if I describe that my invention has a lubricate, will ...
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Is it possible to claim priority from two different applications?

I have submitted two applications with different descriptions but which refer to the same concept. E.g. one application describes a substance in an oral pill form and the other application describes ...
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Do you know any IP firms who can provide input in the design of an invention?

I am looking for firms who are willing to develop expertise and take an idea described in a paragraph and transform it into a patent application. This means they will be willing and capable of gaining ...
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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 amend the description of a PCT to include content from a priority application?

Is it possible to amend the description of a PCT to include content from a priority application? My drafter missed important content from my priority documents to include it in my PCT. Is there any ...
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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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Is it fraudulent to give inaccurate information about the invention in a patent?

I'm specifically interested in a particular plant patent. The patent describes the leaf size, but the plants sold (under the patented name by the owner of the patent) have a different leaf size. Is it ...
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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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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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How patents are avoided to be reinvented and how we can understand them comprehensively?

I have read tech patents available on Google. I wonder how patents can be avoided to be reinvented or understood so neatly and specifically given a patent file is usually tens of pages written very ...
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Can a patentable but not fully developed method be protected?

Is it possible to protect a method which is otherwise patentable but which has so far been developed only in broad lines? In other words it is novel and applicable, but not fully teach-able yet. As ...
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Can patent description refer to drawings

Can patent drawings be described in the detailed description of the patent? Can the description refer to a drawing as a whole or only its elements by their reference number? In other words should the ...
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How should I structure the "Advantages" section of a patent application?

On page 210 of Patent It Yourself (18th edition), it explains that you can list the advantages of your invention in a narrative form. g. Advantages Although it is optional, you may list the ...
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Do scientific errors in patent description affect its validity?

I know that my question has been addressed in a couple of posts on this forum (see for example this question), however I want to delve a little deeper. There are patents which contain clear scientific ...
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how to write software description for patent request

OK i finally finished my software, now i want to write a patent request, my software is like a big network that contains many internal softwares. the problem is that the internal software is made ...
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Do I mention the involved mathematics in my patent application?

My application is for a hardware based patent, however, there's a significant mathematical relation, which completes my invention. I haven't seen mathematical equations being described in applications,...
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Including existing patents and non-patent prior art in a nonprovisional application

I have read and heard that known similar patents and other prior art should be disclosed in the patent application, yet I find no examples of such disclosures in the "Background" sections (or any ...
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How is a magazine article cited in a detailed description?

I am describing a modification of an existing optimizing algorithm as part of a method claim, and wish to avoid describing the details of the existing algorithm. What is the correct format for ...
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explaining the theory that undergoes an invention in patent description?

I have a question about explaining the theory that undergoes an invention: should it be exposed in patent application (Description) and if yes how? For what I have seen patent documents are not ...
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Why is there the same boilerplate stuff at the front of every patent?

A large number of patents in the IT area appear to have a very similar diagram embedded int them somewhere, usually some forms of a block diagram detailing system components such as Northbridge, ...
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Design Patents- What exactly are these patents on?

What exactly is the patent FOR on the following items? I see no notice of color, finish, size, materials, assembly method, etc. D652759 (Pendant-Slit Pupil), D683254 (Pendant-Round Pupil), D682730 ...
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Turning an existing description of a system into a description of a method

This question is a continuation on the results of Detailed description of a system to suit system and method claims. Notice too I'm the guy of What are the risks of writing a patent specification ...
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Detailed description of a system to suit system and method claims

I'm writing the detailed description of a computer implemented system. I have explained what the system does, that's where the inventive subject matter is. I have explained an exemplary architecture ...
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two new patent application using some common underlying technologies

Related to a previous question patent specification level of detail I want to file two patent applications for two inventions that use some common underlying technologies (the same ones I'm talking ...
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