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Thursday, September 16, 2010

How to Read a Patent

I think that this is a great primer for the general public.  Focuses you in on the truly important part of the patent - the claims!  From the post:

Step 3: Skip the abstract

In other fields, the abstract is your best friend: a short, direct summary of the major points of a paper.  Patent abstracts are at best meandering and hard to read, and at worst deliberately misleading (so you think you’re in the clear, do whatever you planned to do, and then get sued anyway because the abstract has no bearing on the enforceability of the patent).

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