Clarity in U.S. Patent Law: How Far Will the Pendulum Swing?

Shane Sondreal, Attorney at Law, Crawford Maunu PLLC, USA
Robert Pechman, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Seagate Technology LLC, USA
Eric Curtin, Attorney at Law, Crawford Maunu PLLC, USA

A number of recent US decisions suggest an ongoing trend toward requiring that US patents provide increased clarity and specificity in describing and claiming what has been invented. It is important to not only stay abreast of the current state of the US law, but to anticipate where the law may go in the near future. For example, it is important to balance the desire for broad patent coverage against the risks of this emerging trend, particularly when attempting to maximize the value of patent portfolios. Once the potential risks are understood, strategic patent portfolio planning and careful patent application drafting can be employed to help mitigate the risks.

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USA Intellectual Property IT June 2016 Vol. 9, No. 35, Spring 2016

Shane Sondreal

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Shane Sondreal is a patents attorney at Crawford Maunu. His technical background is in electrical engineering. His practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications not only in the electrical arts, but in various fields as well as in litigation and client counseling.

Robert Pechman

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Bob Pechman, as Chief IP Counsel at Seagate Technology LLC, leads a global team that focuses on business-aligned strategic patent portfolio development.

Eric Curtin

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Eric Curtin is a patents attorney at Crawford Maunu. His respective practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in multiple fields, litigation, and client counseling. Eric also assists clients in the procurement of trademark

Crawford Maunu PLLC

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Crawford Maunu is an intellectual property law firm in the Minneapolis, Minnesota region, which assists clients from coast-to-coast and around the world in patent, trademark and copyright protection, including the preparation and prosecution of patent and

Seagate Technology LLC

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Crawford Maunu PLLC

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Crawford Maunu is an intellectual property law firm in the Minneapolis, Minnesota region, which assists clients from coast-to-coast and around the world in patent, trademark and copyright protection, including the preparation and prosecution of patent and

USA Intellectual Property IT June 2016 Vol. 9, No. 35, Spring 2016