How vague can your patent be? Vagueness strategies in U.S. patents

Arinas Pellon, Ismael (2012). How vague can your patent be? Vagueness strategies in U.S. patents. "Journal of Language and Communication Studies" (n. 48); pp. 55-74. ISSN 0904-1699.

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Título: How vague can your patent be? Vagueness strategies in U.S. patents
Autor/es:
  • Arinas Pellon, Ismael
Tipo de Documento: Artículo
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Language and Communication Studies
Fecha: 2012
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Escuela: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Departamento: Lingüistica Aplicada a la Ciencia y a la Tecnología
Licencias Creative Commons: Reconocimiento - Sin obra derivada - No comercial

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Patent claims defi ne the protection scope of the intellectual property sought by the patent applicant or patentee. Broad claims are valuable as they can describe more expansive rights to the invention. Therefore, if these claims are too broad a potential infringer will more easily argue against them. But if the claims are too narrow the scope of protection of the intellectual property is greatly reduced. Patent claims have to be, on the one hand, determinate and precise enough and, on the other hand, as inclusive as possible. Therefore patent applicants must fi nd a balance in the broadness of the scope defi ned by their claims. This balance can be achieved by the choice of words with a convenient degree of semantic indeterminacy, by the choice of modifi ers or other strategies. In fact, vagueness in patent claims is a desirable characteristic for such documents. A quantitative and qualitative analysis of a corpus of 350 U.S. patents provides a promising starting point to understand the linguistic instruments used to achieve the balance between property claim scope and precision of property description. To conclude, some issues relating vagueness and pragmatics are suggested as a line of further research.

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