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You can try to combine them into one patent but the patent authority may not allow you to. If you do, you should have separate claims covering each function. As long as there are separate claims, no one should be able to circumvent by just copying one function or the other. That said, the patent examiner very well might make you split up the two inventions ...


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First question - Can a reference with A and C keep a claim for A and B from being patented? Maybe - To be patentable a claim needs to be novel and non-obvious. Novelty is easy. If it is different from anything ever disclosed in a single embodiment of a system in a single document it is novel. A and B is novel over A and C. Obviousness is more complicated. ...


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Multiple dependencies are strongly discouraged in the U.S. Here they are thought of as potentially confusing. In much of the world they are thought of as a way to have more compact wording. In the U.S. you can get the same claims by repetition. Just saying "variations are possible" will not get you anything, the specific variation must be spelled ...


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It will depend upon the jurisdiction the patent application is in. Some jurisdictions let you do that without having to pay any additional fees, for example the EPO, most European jurisdictions, Brazil, etc. Some others let you do that to some extent, like China, where you can have multiple dependent claims but a multiple dependent claim cannot depend upon a ...


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You may want to check out ANDA Litigation at https://www.amazon.com/ANDA-Litigation-Strategies-Pharmaceutical-Litigators/dp/1634254589 Yes, the book is expensive, but it's also exhaustive. It talks a lot about the requirements for patenting pharmaceutical combination drugs. As for evaluating the quality of a patent, there's two ways 1) prosecute and ...


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Yes, in theory, the "case" having a new and non-obvious characteristic for handling magnetic fields may be patentable as an article of manufacture. A person attempting to obtain such a patent would first probably want to have someone carry out preliminary searching of existing patents or publications regarding similar devices. From those results, one may ...


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