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There are two different aspects of dealing with the existing patent. First is infringement. You infringe on a claim if you implement each and every aspect of the claim. Thus if a claim has steps 1 through 5 and you only implement steps 1, 2 and 4, then you don't infringe on that claim. You need to avoid each and every claim separately to avoid infringing on ...


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The only thing that changes between an application and the resulting patent is the claims. No new matter is allowed to be added to an application after submission. I suppose there might be the ability to correct misspellings or grammer, but not content. In the case of the linked documents, the application is identical but if you click on the "Family" tab ...


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