Patent claims

The USPTO Inventor Info Chat on Claim Drafting, presented on February 15, describes an important part of the patent application process. Because the claims define the boundaries of the intellectual property and thus determine the protections afforded, it is vital to understand how to draft them.  The order in which words are arranged can have specific legal meanings, so knowing the standard way to compose a claim is helpful, and also if they are too specific, they may not be valuable, but if they are too general, they may not be patentable. The webinar provides a straightforward explanation of their significance, the difference between independent and dependent claims, as well as the three parts of a claim, which are a preamble that specifies the type of invention, a transitional phrase that sets the scope for protection, and a claim body that lists the limitations.

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