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Does the number of a feature play a role?

Since we all understand chairs, that example can be misleading. Yes, having more or fewer of some feature can make for a patentable claim. It can be tricky to write a claim for the fewer case. "A ...
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Should a patent claim (all) possible applications?

The comments have gotten confusing. First, something fundamental that often gets misunderstood. Your patent doesn't entitle you to do anything at all. Patent owners can only (attempt to) stop others ...
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Should a patent claim (all) possible applications?

I'm not a lawyer, but here is my take. A patent only protects what is in the claims. If you don't claim it, you don't own it. Thus, it is usually a good idea to attempt to claim useful permutations of ...
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Meeting and novelty

I am not a lawyer so this might not be right, but it is my best guess. In Case A, I'm assuming the meeting was internal to the two companies and no-one in the meeting then publicly disclosed the ...
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Patenting at universities: What is the best strategy?

I am not a lawyer. Nor am I German. I think the essential question is whether the invention came about as a result of your employment by the University. According to this website: The Employee ...
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How to search for granted German patents, and not published German patent applications?

I have not seen a search engine without the ability to filter on granted vs application. However the way to do that did not jump out at me at DEPATIS. Looks like you might to use Kind Codes. (also ...
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Does the number of a feature play a role?

In your example I'd say both 1 and 2 are not patentable since it would be obvious to someone skilled in making or designing chairs that you could make a chair with three or four legs. To be patentable ...
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