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Is the goal of a patent claim to have as few elements as possible? Actually what is important is a claim set. In a set of claims each claim is doing a different job. Certainly there should be a claim as broad as your search of the prior art would allow. If it is a thing (not a method) then just A would not fly since if there is thing known as A, it already ...


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In general you always want the broadest claim coverage possible. So yes, if you can get a claim allowed for elements A and B instead of A, B and C you would do so. However, the invention must be patentable over prior art. Thus there needs to be some aspect that is novel and non-obvious. The patent examiner is likely to reject claims that are overly broad so ...


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In general, every feature is limiting the scope of the patent. So the fewer feature you include in your claims the more items are protected by your claims. For example, there are much fewer "soccer balls" than just "balls", the feature "soccer" limited the number of protected products. But inventors may have different goals with ...


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