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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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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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Patent issued in USA only, infringing patent issued in Germany

Patents do not infringe patents. To infringe a patent someone needs to actually make, sell, use or import something that falls under the wording of a claim in a patent that was issued by the country ...
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I made an invention at work (maybe). What do I need to know?

Before you start your patent search, here's some tips for you for an an effective patent searching. Brainstorm on terms that describe the invention. Search for relevant terms related to the subject ...

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