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This is the last post in my series – How to Patent an Idea: A Guide for Beginners

Thank you for taking the time to read my insights on how to understand patent claims. I hope this information was useful and helped to clear up some of the confusion that comes with pursuing a patent. Here is a quick summary of the main takeaways discussed throughout this series:

  • Patents Only Protect Your Invention In Their Country of Origin.
  • Only Issued Patents Can Be Used To Sue A Competitor.
  • Only The Claims Of A Patent Protect Your Invention.
  • Claims Are Usually Open-Ended: Make Sure That Your Claims Only Recite

Essential Aspects Of Your Innovation.

  • Patent Attorneys Are Claims Fundamentalists: Make Sure That Every Word Is

Necessary And Not Overly Limiting. Challenge Every Word!

  • Try To Envision All Variations Of Your Innovation And Ask Your Patent Attorney

If Your Claim Will Cover That Variation.

  • Find The Bottlenecks Created By Science, Your Application, Or Regulations, And

Claim Them.

It is up to you to ensure that your patent is valuable, and your ideas are well protected. If your current patent attorney doesn’t seem to have the time to help you prevent design around, Childs Patent Law is here to help.

If you’ve gotten value out of the series, be sure to connect with me on LinkedIn for even more useful patent law tips and advice.

How to Patent an Idea
1. How to Patent an Idea: A Guide for Beginners
2. Part 2: Understanding Patents
3. Part 3: How To Protect Your Idea
4. Part 4: The Most Common Types of Claims
5. Part 5: How A Product Claim Can Protect Your Product
6. Part 6: Protect Your Method with Method Claims
7. Part 7: How To Prevent Design Around
8. Part 8: How to Patent an Idea: A Guide for Beginners
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