Boilerplate Language in Patent Specifications (PDF)
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The Supreme Court's recent findings regarding patentable subject matter may result in yet another set of guidelines for patent attorneys and examiners as to how best draft software and business method applications. Patent drafters often load up patents with seemingly extraneous language for a number of possible of reasons. Not least is the conventional wisdom that they have nothing to lose: it can't hurt and can only help. They may be mistaken.
Dov Greenbaum is an intellectual property attorney at Reinhold Cohn Group in Tel Aviv. He has extensive experience in litigating and drafting patents in varied fields including hardware, software, biotech and medical devices. Dov is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale School of Medicine, at Yale University. Dov completed postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zürich), where he focused on issues related to science and law. In addition to his many legal and scientific papers he has also written non-technical pieces relating to science in society. Dov has his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Genetics with a focus in Bioinformatics from Yale University.
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