The Importance of Matching CLE
The Importance of Matching the Scope of Your Patent’s Specification to the Scope of Its Claims



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Course Description

Live Webcast – November 4, 2020

  • 1:00-3:15pm PT / 2:00-4:15pm MT / 3:00-5:15pm CT / 4:00-6:15pm ET

A broad patent that has maximum commercial value has broad claims. Have you considered that a patent with broad claims needs a broad specification to support the broad claims? A patent with broad claims but a narrow specification may result in the claims being construed as narrowly as the specification or held invalid.

To make claims broader, you generalize claims. In general, the fewer words a claim has, the broader it is. But to make a specification broad, you do the opposite. You need to add technical detail to the specification in the form of as many alternatives as an inventor can come up with (with your help) – alternative components to make the invention, alternative ways to achieve the inventions, alternative applications of the invention, etc. We, as practitioners, need to help the inventor finish inventing the invention by working with the inventor to come up with the alternatives.

Dale S. Lazar
Dale Lazar counsels on intellectual property matters concerning a variety of technologies. He concentrates his practice in patenting electronic technology, patenting and copyrighting computer hardware and software, litigating patents and copyrights, negotiating and drafting licenses for patents and software, and preparing software-related agreements. He has also been involved in analyzing electronic and computer-related patents and copyright for infringement and validity.

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Timothy Lohse
Timothy Lohse concentrates in patent prosecution, patent litigation and patent counseling. He provides patent preparation and prosecution expertise in solar panels and solar module systems including mechanical mounting and electrical connections; solar panel electronics including technologies for measuring the efficiency of a solar panel, commercial solar panel cleaning systems, drones for inspecting crops and/or wind turbines, and an unmanned aircraft with a blimp portion and a drone portion.

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2 General Credits

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  1. Defining the scope of the specification of a patent.
  2. Relation of the scope of the specification !of a patent to the scope of its claims.
  3. How to draft a broad specification.
  4. How to draft a specification to avoid or overcome Section 101 patent eligible subject matter rejections