Category: claim amendment

Arguing Definitions in Patent Prosecution

Claim terms are given a broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) consistent with the specification, ideally.  Occasionally, a USPTO examiner interprets a claim term in a manner different from what the applicant in a patent application intended, in order to make a rejection of the claims during patent prosecution.  Available […]

Drawings support for claim amendments

Claims in a patent application are often amended (with deletions and/or additions) during examination.  In order to avoid adding new matter, there must be support for the claim amendment in the patent application as filed.  Sometimes, an examiner will require literal support for the amended claim language.  This […]