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Are the dependent claims still infriengble if the independent claim is meaningfully different from mine?

I have made a product and another company got a patent on a similar idea. Problem is that their first independent claim looks meaningfully different(in my opinion) from mine but there is the same idea ...
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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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Decision on final office action amendment in regards to potential infringements

In order do make a final office action allowable, I need to amend independent claim 1 which broadly claims a rotating device specific to the art which would cover most potential infringements. The ...
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how to frame independent claim for comparing two components of a system

(Its a sample) Input: A play toy. that has different set of balls. each set has same color of balls. color of balls of one set is different from color of ball of another set. Kindly correct and ...
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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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A dependent claim that modifies just one aspect of the independent claim

Say there's an independent claim broken down into several steps: A method for ...., comprising the steps of: (a) .... (b) .... (c) .... Now let's say that a dependent claim is to be written such ...
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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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Patents and Dependent Claims

I am from the UK, just looking for a pretty simple answer as I have been spending abit more time looking at patents now than ever before. So, I understand independent claims are broad. Then you have ...
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Broader claim for a Provisional application after non-provisional application - same invention

a) Filed several provisionals [P1] between March 2016 and March 2017. b) Filed a non-Provisional [NP1] in March 2017 claiming priorities from P1. c) Filed a provisional [P2] May 2017 containing ...
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Multiple Inventions as Independent Claims

This may be a dumb question, but I cannot find the answer anywhere, so here it goes: Can I file multiple different and unrelated inventions as independent claims in one application? For example, let'...
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If a dependent claim only limits the independent claim, then is it still infringement when a product only differs from that dependent claim?

If a dependent claim only limits the independent claim, then is it still infringement when a product only differs from that dependent claim? For example: ~~~ (Independent claim:) 1. A device for ...
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