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Print Article It is not uncommon for inventors to want to attempt to draft and file patent applications on their own, and I frequently get asked about sample patent applications. Here is where you as an inventor good claims to write about to make a critical choice, and making a thoughtfully considered business decision is fine, but fooling yourself into believing that you can and will do as good a job as a patent professional is an enormous mistake.
I cringe at times because some inventors will make a reckless choice, or choose to represent themselves because they think you can do as well as a patent attorney who has dedicated their entire career to mastery of the art.
It is true that the cost of hiring an attorney to draft a patent application can price inventors out of the market, and in that case inventors are left with no real choice, or so it seems.
If paying a patent attorney is out of the question because of lack of funding you would serve yourself well to sit down and carefully go over your budget which all inventors should do and ask whether you have the financial resources and abilities to pull off the project.
Inventing, patenting and making money by commercializing does not come cheap, and if you have few resources you might be better off building your savings so you can appropriately pursue your inventions in the future.
If you are truly an inventor you are creative and, trust me, there will be many inventions in your future. Creative people create, which means it can be particularly important to manage your budget wisely.
Inventors who are going to attempt to draft their own patent applications need to go into the process with their eyes wide open, realizing that the resulting patent application will be better if a patent attorney is involved in the drafting, and most importantly understand that numerous things that you can and likely will do that will lead to a resulting patent grant that is compromised, at best, or completely worthless in the worse case scenario.
Thus, if you are going to move forward on your own you really must seek the available tools out there to facilitate do-it-yourself efforts. There are a number of good books you can and should read to familiarize yourself with patent laws.
While I do not agree with strategy discussed, Patent It Yourself should be a part of the library of any do-it-yourself inventor. From time to time I also try and give tips on drafting patent applications.
I am not trying to encourage people to do it themselves, but experience teaches that there will always be some inventors who will do it themselves out of necessity or otherwise. For those who are not going to do it themselves the more you know and understand about drafting a patent application, including patent claims, the better armed you will be to provide your patent attorney with the information they need to create the best, most comprehensive patent application possible.
After all, as the inventor you know the invention best so if you have even a basic understanding of the drafting process you will be in a far better position to meaningfully participate even if only by providing the critical information necessary.
The more you provide the better the end product, and with a patent that will act as a barrier to competitors the best end product is the most valuable business or licensing asset.
Previously, in Drafting Patent Applications: Writing Patent Claims I focused on claims to an apparatus or device, so today I thought I would focus on method claims. Method or process claims are relatively easy to write once you know what the core invention is and what is necessary to be included in the claim in order to overcome the prior art.
Like all claims, method or process claims must completely define the invention so that it works for the purpose you have identified AND it must be unique when compared with the prior art. By unique I mean it must be new i.
Team up with Enhance to bring your invention to life and get it to market! Method or process claims will include active steps to achieve a certain result. You cannot define a method or process in the past tense. When drafting a claim you want to start with something like this: A method for making a cake comprising: It does have some antecedent basis issues, but this article is about the basics and is more concerned with explaining what needs to be disclosed and how to approach claiming rather than discussing and teaching advanced formatting nuances.
Nevertheless, this simple, perhaps silly example, should give you a basic idea about how to write method claims. That is the type of language you should use in a method claim.
Then is subsequent claims you could do something like: The method of claim 1 further comprising preheating the oven. The method of claim 1 wherein the mixing step is accomplished by using an electric mixer. The method of claim 2 wherein the mixing step is accomplished by using an electric mixer.
Notice here that we are adding to the base claim, claim 1. In claim 2 we add another step. Notice also that claims 3 and 4 are identical, except for the reference back. Claim 3 refers back to claim 1, and claim 4 refers back to claim 2, which in turn refers back to claim 1. By using this type of claim structure you can chain things together, while at the same time have a broad general claim ie.
So, in other words, claim 2 and claim 3 each add something.The sub-claims are the main points,usually found at the beginning of each paragraph in what many students think of as the topic sentence position, that support your thesis statement.
You might think of the sub-claims as mini claims which function similarly to the thesis statement, but on a smaller scale.
Below are opening statements we have given at trial in civil injury cases. The PDF files are actual trial transcripts from trials, including a number of million dollar plus verdicts.
We also have a draft opening statement further below. Claims Section The Department of Labor & Industries P.O. Box You must write to L&I within 15 days after receiving the written notice of the decision with which you disagree. See the Vocational Dispute Resolution page for details about protesting vocational benefits or plans.
Dear Mr. Holloway, I am writing to apply for the Insurance Claims Adjuster position with United Insurance. I am a professional with an Associate’s degree in Business Management and three years of experience in the insurance industry. The good cause statement must be in writing and explain why the claimant did not timely file.
The good cause statement addresses SBC or GK payment continuation if . Claims about solutions or policies usually work hand in hand with claims about fact or definition. For example, because the healthcare system does not adequately assist Americans (argue that this is a fact), they should be reformed (argue for the solution/policy).