Category: claim limitations

Inherency and Patent Claims

A patent claim can be rejected for inherency over a reference.  An inherent property cannot be claimed, even if that property was not known at the time a prior art composition was disclosed or prior art invention was made.  But, what happens if a new invention makes use […]

Structure and Connectivity in Patent Claims

Patent claims are commonly understood to define the structure of an invention, and claim limitations should delineate the connections and relationships among claim elements.  Occasionally, claims are rejected during examination as indefinite, with the Examiner pointing out that it is not clear how the claim elements are interrelated […]