By Topic

Inventors: `Protect thyself¿: Careful attention to the claims section will go far toward establishing patent validity and extending the scope of protection

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

1 Author(s)
Rackman, Michael I. ; Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman

The single most important reason why so many electrical patents are of dubious value is that inventors fail to participate fully in the task of patent preparation. The vast majority of inventors carefully review drawings and descriptions before their patent applications are filed. But unfortunately, an almost equal proportion totally ignore the claims section (one-paragraph summaries of the invention), with the excuse that they are legal jargon and, therefore, incomprehensible in the first place. These engineers overlook the fact that the validity of the patent and the scope of the protection are measured by the claims. The most accurate and thorough description will be of no avail, and would-be infringers will be able to ¿design around the patent,¿ if the claims do not succinctly set forth the crux of the invention.

Published in:

Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 2 )