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For a complex computer implemented invention it is advisable to have independent claims for a system, for a method and for a so-call CRM (computer readable medium). For a device, machine or system that comes all together from one vendor ready to do what it does (egg beater, laser printer, machine gun) a claim on the "thing" is usually more desirable than ...


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The patent you refer to expired back in 1983 or so. Any time after that, the teachings are considered public domain. Recall that many patents - especially in the titles, abstract and descriptions - sound insanely obvious and trivial. And indeed some are! However, it is the 'Claims' that determine the scope of what is legally excludable, and these are ...


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As the second part of your question's been answered, I'll just answer the first part. Yes, both method and apparatus claims are both permissible for UK patents. Sometimes I write 'system' claims that are a bit of both! You are also correct that methods of doing business, and programs for computers are both excluded - insofar as the invention relates to ...


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Functional claiming and claiming a method are two different constructs. A primary division of claim types are claims that define a thing and claims that define action steps for accomplishing something. A thing might be an apparatus, a machine, a system, a composition of matter, etc. A method or process claim is a list of actions or steps. They might be steps ...


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If you patent a method of fabrication, any product that is imported which would infringe your patent would comprise infringement. Eg: If a patent was granted in US but not in Canada, a person using your patent in Canada is not liable to be infringing but, if the person exports the product to US / some one imports it to US then it would be infringing and ...


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It is a good practice to include multiple independent claims of varying type (system, method, means etc) in a patent application. One should not restrict the invention by claiming it in only one form. It is advisable to claim an invention in multiple forms in order to ensure the broadest possible protection. To determine infringement of a patent by a ...


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I am assuming that you intend to include a detailed description, and only flow charts as drawings. If this is case, then yes, only flow charts can be included as drawings. On the other hand, if you intend to include only flow charts, and not a written description, then it will not be acceptable. Enablement of the proposed invention in the patent ...


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Yes. This patent issued on July 8, 2008--almost four years prior to the decision you cite, provided in all its glory here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/10-1150.pdf It is one thing to identify an issue, and quite another to determine its significance. A more interesting question is what would happen if this patent were litigated. Claim one of ...


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Sorry for the short answer. At the level of a pro se provisional I would not worry about the title so much. I would have a separate section for the methods. Typically it would be text corresponding to a flow chart saying: "as seen in fig. x step s1xx is receiving the data packet by the widget which was produced by the foo." Method steps are ----ing. ...


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Unless you are doing all of the steps of a claim you are not infringing it. Claim 1 of US8568309 requires putting voltage through a test strip, and getting readings from 3-axis accelerometers to determine the person's activity level, and sending this all off by a GPRS radio, and at least two other steps. If you are just measuring blood glucose values the way ...


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Assuming this is in the U.S., start with only "a computer implemented method" because it's broader than reciting that a processor performs the steps. Better yet, simply recite "a method" (which is broadest) and then wait until examination to make any further limitations. The Examiner may or may not require further limitations.


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WO2014201088A1 is not a patent. It is a published international application, which can never issue as a patent. It has entered the national stage in the US as Application No. PCT/US2014/41863, and is currently pending. I think your situation is this. Claim 1 of the prior art reference gives a method of 4 steps. You perform all 4 steps in your method. Claim ...


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Claims 1 and 2 allow for divided infringement. Claims 3 and 4 put all the actions on the "customer" (he/she has all the gerunds) and are not susceptible to being accomplished in a divided manner. If one is very worried about divided infringement, claim 4 is more clearly in the clear. In claim 3 the fact that the painter has caused an item to be painted in ...


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Is it okay to show just one way of performing step C? Yes. The relevant law is provided by 35 USC § 112(a), which provides (emphasis added): The specification shall contain a written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making and using it, in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the art ...


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It is covered by Title 35. PATENTS Part III. PATENTS AND PROTECTION OF PATENT RIGHTS Chapter 28. INFRINGEMENT OF PATENTS Section 271. Infringement of patent (g )Whoever without authority imports into the United States or offers to sell, sells, or uses within the United States a product which is made by a process patented in the United States shall be ...


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You can't remove anything required by a referenced claim but you can add to it or you can narrow it. For example - The method of claim 1 where the hammer used in step b is a claw hammer. Or - the method of claim 1 where the dusting is accomplished with a feather.


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You don't patent the code or the software, you patent the methodology. I think what you are describing is a novel algorithm applied to solving a specific problem. You can patent those (at least you used to be able to), although its a bit complicated and recent court decisions are relevant. I'm not a lawyer so I'll allow the ones who read your question to ...


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A method is a "process," and a system may be either a "manufacture" or a "machine" under 35 USC 101. The cases addressing the differences and the legal effect of these differences can be found dating back to the 1800's. There are some significant differences in how claims to methods and so-called "systems" can be enforced and what types of activities they ...


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In the U.S. we have something called the "written description requirement", so no. In general the patent application needs to teach "how to make and use" the invention.


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Divided infringement? I'm having a hard time seeing how these claims even fit into a statutory class. A method (or process) must comprise steps or acts to be carried out. "a customer sending an unpainted item to a painter" is just a set of circumstances rather than a step or act to be carried out. To write it as a step, simply write "sending an unpainted ...


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Firstly it depends on your definition defined in specification and limitations associated with it. Based on State of the Art and judicial claim construction i believe "computer-implemented method" have broader interpretation and careful drafting of dependent claims and specification will cover all your objects 'processor, storage, memory, input/output etc.' ...


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Registered patent attorneys and agents include in just about every patent application a number of narrower (dependent) claims, which incorporate by reference and layer additional elements or further limitations onto the broadest (independent) claims. In the US Patent Office, the basic utility patent filling fee entitles you to file up to three independent ...


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Attorney and Inventor can draft broader claims provided it has sufficient basis in description, have novelty and non-obvious. Broader claims provide the inventor with a more valuable patent. Excessively broad claims run a greater risk of being rejected by USPTO. MPEP 608.01(i)(d)(1) The claim or claims must conform to the invention as set forth in the ...


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If I understand your question correctly you should be able to find all the information on that topic here: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/improvement-patents-new-use-patents-30250.html


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It is flat wrong. You are correct, a claim of one statutory class cannot depend from a claim of a different statuary class. In this case the wording of claim 18 is actually apparatus wording so the only thing really wrong is the one word "method". Intel could most likely fix this with a petition for a Certificate of Correction. Separately, a method claim ...


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Off hand, it looks like all the claims require a "switch" to determine when a page is turned in order to know what page the reader is on. You might try to design around it by coming up with a way that doesn't use a switch. I put switch in quotations because a study of the specification would be needed to understand how broadly they are using that term. For ...


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For the second part of the question: Yes the U.S. application, under Article 4 of Paris Convention, would get priority from the U.K. application as-submitted regardless of the ultimate fate of the U.K. application.


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