The art and skill in patent claim drafting is undeniably difficult to master. It is, however, essential to understand and appreciate, as a poorly written patent application can lead to an unwanted outcome from the USPTO. The claims of a patent form a protective boundary line around your patent that lets others know when they are infringing on your rights. The limits of this line are defined by the words and phrasing of your claims.
At our June 5th meeting, we have invited four of our IAA members to share their patent claims and discuss the unique features of their claims which lead to a fully issued patent. Alex Hobson, Patent Agent and IAA Board Member, will highlight relevant patent details with each product which were essential in achieving success.
Ed & Diana Bunyard – Passageway Gate
Ed and Diana came up with a new twist for a temporary gate that is used to keep children or pets in a confined area of the house. Alex will describe how a method claim can be used to obtain a patent for a new use of a known and common item.
Steve & Karen Wanderman – Crutch Handle
Steve and Karen had to ensure that their product features clearly differentiated from existing prior art. Alex will describe how the claims and specification must include sufficient structural details for product differentiation.
Kermit Zarley – Self-Supporting Book
Kermit’s first submission was rejected by the USPTO. Alex will discuss why the old claims were rejected and then show the new claim that was allowed and discuss the most important factors in getting this claim allowed.
Doug Masi – Personal Flotation Device
Doug has enjoyed success with his product which is already on the market. Alex took over the prosecution on this patent application before it was examined at the USPTO. He rewrote the claims and will show how Doug’s original claims were likely to be disallowed and why the new claims were accepted and allowed by the USPTO examiner.
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