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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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Should patent claims be narrow yet vague?

I'm learning about drafting a patent. I was told you should walk a line between broad and narrow. You want the claims to cover many things but not so many that they infringe prior art. So I was told ...
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What is the proper structure for a claim statement involving “a plurality”?

To state that something is but one among a field of many possibilities, which of these is the better way to structure it?: “...executing transmission of the digital content to at least one of a ...
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Patent Drafting Software

Does anyone know of any good patent drafting software? The software I am thinking of will automate some of the aspects of patent drafting and may reduce careless errors. Thanks.
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How do I explain the advantages and avoid using “invention” or “object” in the description?

I am reading Patent It Yourself (18th edition). In this, page 210 explains about advantages: g. Advantages Although it is optional, you may list the advantages of your invention in a ...
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Learning how to draft patents

I want to learn how to draft patents. Problem is, I don't have the money to go to college. Is there any online resource where I can learn this? I have taken many online courses over the years, ...
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The provisional patent and future idea for my mobile app

Ok, so I was examining plenty of patents on Google Patents to determine how I am going to write mine. From reading and watching Youtube provisional patents tutorials, they all say the same thing. Add ...
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patent conjunctions

English grammar – states that [a]n article of a preposition applying to all the members of the series must either be used only before the first term or else be repeated before each term. 1) Is ...
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method patent: sub-method dependency

Suppose a method patent that consists of: step A, step B, step C, step D We're disclosing how to perform each step. Step C involves performing a sub-method to perform step C. This step C can be ...
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Patent Drafting: Using multiple colon in first claim

If anybody knows patent(s) that are having multiple colons in the first claim, please share. Also, please let me know how many colons we can use in the first claim. Thank you in advance. Best regards, ...
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Do figures need to be in a sensible order?

Is it strictly necessary to arrange figures in a sensible order? Or can I simply append drawings to the end as I think of them?
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Patent Drafting Method: Pros & cons of drafting claims and converting claims to descriptions

What are the advantages and liabilities, if any, of drafting patent claims for an invention first, and then converting the claims into a provisional patent specification with the same wording and ...
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Describing alternative embodiments

In the Detailed Description section, when describing a specific embodiment, my patent agent would sometimes describe the alternatives. For example, in the middle of a paragraph, she would write ...
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Is there a requirement to explicitly call out a preferred embodiment?

In a patent application, is it acceptable to mention several potential embodiments, and say you don't know which one is preferred? Or should you just mention the one that you have implemented?
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'Technical effects' of software patents for eligibility

For patent eligibility of software patents in many countries including EU there is a requirement of 'technical effects' on the hardware device. These 'technical effects' are technological advances or ...
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Things to take care when inventor self drafts the patent

There is a saying that it is always better to consult and work with an attorney to draft patents. It is said that when you self-draft a patent you would draft inferior patents, miss out on things ...
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Citing art in body of application?

What factors should an inventor consider when deciding whether or not to include references to other art in the background section of their patent application? It no longer seems to be a common ...
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patent continuation

I filed a patent application a month ago. Now I found a simpler way of doing very similar thing to what I had described, basically eliminating one of the main 3 blocks of the invention. So I'm going ...
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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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any negative aspects about using the same terms as in prior art patents to refer to things?

When drafting a patent, are there any negative aspects about using the same terms as prior art patents to refer to things? What about diagrams? computer system related patents often add a system ...