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Possibility one: the applicant wants as many patents as possible for an invention with the aim of gaining bargaining power in negotiating cross-license or a patent pool. As you may know, the number of patents a party has is one of the critical factors to determine how much money s/he can get from the license negotiation or a patent pool. Possibility two: ...


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I often write claims that might cover essentially the same thing but in different language. It is some protection from a court that might misconstrue some word or wording in one of the claims. Depending on how old the patents you are comparing this with, they might be from a time when “ a portion of “ included a whole of, when “one or more” was never ...


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I'm not a lawyer but I've worked with several on my patents. There is a lot of art in drafting claims and I don't think this is a particularly new phenomenon. Claim 1 and 8 are not identical. In particular: From claim 1: "...a clutch is retained on said crank shaft, said clutch includes a drive gear;..." From claim 8: "...a clutch is retained on said ...


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