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Patent attorney Doug Limbach told me a “necessary” story.
An implantable device battery company had a patent with the word “necessary” used to describe one of the features of its patented device. This word was not in the claims section of the patent.
It was unwisely used in the description section and – simple as that – a competitor was able to side-step the patent and compete against the patent holder, who spent considerable time and money obtaining the patent.
Doug explained, “Normally it’s the precise claim language of your patent, not the description or drawings, that determines whether your patent covers a competitor and will keep them out of your market. But in some cases where problematic words are used in the description section, the patent claims are interpreted more narrowly and can become ineffective against competitors.”
Intrigued, I asked Doug what other patent-sinking words like “necessary” are out there.
There are at least a dozen and he’ll share them during a Medical Devices Group webinar: http://medgroup.biz/check-patent on February 28. It’s free for all group members.
Doug will also discuss other watchouts in various sections of your patents, the right amount of detail to include, patent families, and much more. He’ll also discuss what to do when loopholes are discovered in your patents.
We will record the session, and the replay, slides, and transcript will be made available to all who register, whether you can make the live event or not.
Plus, Doug wrote an easy-to-follow five-page guide called “How to Obtain Patents” for immediate download.
So, come, take this free content and protect your work!
That invitation link again: http://medgroup.biz/check-patent
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Zoltan Istvan, founder of the Transhumanist Party and author of “The Transhumanist Wager,” will join us on May 3 to discuss “What does it mean to be human?”
Cairn Idun will also speak. Her husband, Jim Glennie, is cryopreserved.
This talk is sure to be among the highlights of this year’s conference.
If you’ve the reviews and considered attending the 10x Medical Device Conference, please visit http://medgroup.biz/10x and request a brochure and our guest list.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
P.S. Be sure to pick up the free content on patents right now at http://medgroup.biz/check-patent
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