Drafting Patent Claims
Your Claims Define Your Property
The patent law community universally recognizes the supreme importance of patent claims. Patent claims are the most important part of a patent application. They define the inventor’s intellectual property, just like a deed to land describes the boundaries of tangible property. Drafting the claims is the stage where an inventor asserts ownership over a certain technological advance. Defining the invention draws the property lines, the “metes and bounds,” of the property. At this stage, Chadeayne LLC assists clients shift their focus from developing technology to inventing patents.
All other parts of the patent application support the claims by describing their scope and meaning. The specification describes the invention and teaches how to make and use it. The examples illustrate specific embodiments of the invention. Nevertheless, every step of patent prosecution shares the central goal of getting claims allowed by the patent office. Accordingly, choosing the most beneficial claim strategy is the most important part of the patent process.
Strategic Claims Enlarge the Invention
Chadeayne LLC specializes in drafting claims that emphasize the patentable aspects of the invention, thereby providing the inventor with the most property possible. These claims will later serve as the basis for drafting a patent application, which further describes and explains the invention.
Defining the invention most favorably requires an expert understanding of the patent landscape. At Chadeayne LLC, we draft a client’s claims using the information gained by our search and analysis of the prior art. By defining the invention with a clear understanding of existing technology, our firm provides clients with patent claims emphasizing the distinguishing features of the invention. By emphasizing the differences in the definition of the invention, we build arguments for patentability into the claims. Those arguments provide tremendous value at later stages of patent prosecution, such as during examination at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.