What is a preferred embodiment?

What are preferred embodiments? In any other context besides patents, “preferred embodiment” would sound quite strange. Yet, the term is used so commonly and frequently in utility patents that the inexperienced reader might be tempted to gloss it without understanding its meaning. Why does a specification have to repeat it 75 times? What exactly is […]

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What is a patent specification?

What is the purpose of a patent specification? The specification of a patent serves a different purpose than that of the claims. Whereas the claims define the legal scope of protection, the patent specification describes the invention and provides support for the claims. In a utility patent, the specification includes the drawings and the written […]

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