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Questions tagged [terminology]

Use this tag for questions asking about the meaning of a patent-related term, or for the difference among several different terms.

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What does “in a further preferred embodiment” refer to in a patent?

I'm reading through a patent and in the section titled "Detailed Description of Preferred Embodiment" there are several paragraphs that begin with: In a further preferred embodiment of the ...
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What constitutes a technical field?

I was recently looking at this answer involving game patents, and it occurred to me that I'm unsure of what constitutes a technical field in regard to patents. In the 20th century, analysis of games ...
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Patent terminology: schematic vs diagrammatic views

In a patent application, I ran into a statement that a drawing is "a partially schematic and partially diagrammatic view". I had though that schematic views and diagrammatic views are the same thing: ...
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“embodiment” vs. “invention”

Why does "embodiment" seem now to be so favored by patent attorneys over the term "invention"? CONTEXT: On a recent provisional, I had an experienced attorney consulting pro bono and the first thing ...
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Is there a Patent-to-English dictionary?

On another site, I learned that many words in U.S. patents have very specific meanings, subtly different from their usual meanings in English. For example, "comprising" is different from "consisting ...
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What is “TEEBITOEY” and how does it relate to this patent?

In reference to the patent: US226542 The title of this patent is "TEEBITOEY" and I've found 62 other US patents that refer to this term, but I can't find a definition for it. What does this mean?
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Does plurality mean that it must have more than 1 camera?

The patent says: using each of the plurality of digital cameras Does that mean that it only covers systems that have 2 or more cameras? Or would it cover a system with only 1 camera.
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Is clarifying some terminology in an Amendment considered “new material”?

In working with my examiner to address issues with the claims mentioned in a final rejection of my (pro se) software patent application, I changed one term in the claims from "word1 word2" to "word1 ...
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What does “discretionary inquiry” mean?

What is the meaning of "simple discretionary inquiry" in supreme court opinion: Finally, the Court rejected the appellate court’s “clear and convincing evidence” standard that successful patent ...
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Does the singular indefinite article “a” mean no more than one?

Suppose there is a patent whose first claim essentially covers "a system comprising a computing device having code usable by said computing device, said code comprising: code configured to do A; code ...
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Difference between patented and protected

What is the difference between something that is patented and protected? Are these basically interchangeable words?
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Patent infringement litigation - bad faith

What would generally indicate accusing party's bad faith in patent litigation? Let's say accusing party knows their patents are very weak/narrow but pretends that proper interpretation is the widest ...
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What Does Exemplary Mean?

Does the term exemplary mean 'the ideal example', or just 'an example'? I think it is the latter, but would like to be certain.
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What does the term 'commodity' mean in patent 7,222,078?

Patent 7,222,078 (USPTO) (one of the Lodsys patents), uses the term 'commodity' repeatedly throughout the patent, for example: In an exemplary system, information is received at a central location ...
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Does clarity of a patent affect its value?

There is much talk about how software patents are deliberately written in an obfuscated manner, as a ploy that contravenes the purpose of the system. It seems to me that one could argue the ...