Webcast: How to read a patent, especially its claims

How to read a patent, especially the claims, and how to interpret them as an engineer and not as a lawyer or patent specialist.

Many engineers face the difficulty of having to read patents or patent applications. How should these documents be read?

How to do this differs according to the reason for the reading:

  • Reading is required to acquire an overall understanding of the field, to see the state of the art, and to check whether what is developed is new and inventive. This is often the case in a research project, to avoid reinventing the wheel
  • Reading is required to check the Freedom to Operate (FTO), to estimate the risk of being considered an infringer of third party patents, and to check the dependency of the product or the method developed against the rights of others.

In this webcast, J. Van Malderen, Pronovem explains how to read patent documents in both these cases.

 

 

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