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Reading the claims in an allowed patent

Reading the claims in an allowed patent
« on: May 20, 2015, 06:51:05 PM »
Hello I have been reading claims in allowed patents, sometimes they will say claims 1 through 20 canceled. I am guessing these 1 through 20 were found to be beyond the scope of the patent? Then claim 21 written in a dark text, claims 21 through 25 are in a lighter colored text. then 26 in again a darker text. Why darker and lighter text?

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Re: Reading the claims in an allowed patent
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2015, 11:53:42 AM »
Hmmm.   Where are you seeing these claims?   Most likely you are finding these on the patent office website through the PAIR system which are not the same as an issued patent.   What you are describing is how claims would show up in a amendment filed by the inventor or their attorney.

Fully issued patents should have clearly numbered claims without any sort of bold or dark text.    Can you send an example? 
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Re: Reading the claims in an allowed patent
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2015, 09:00:10 AM »
Oh.  I see.  Google Patents will display claims like this.  This is not how they are published by the patent office and something that Google does.   Essentially the claims in darker font are the "independent claims" and the claims in lighter color are the"dependent claims".

In general the independent claims (darker color) are the broader claims so when reading a patent you will want to be very careful your invention does not overlap with these independent claims (i.e. hopefully you have some features that are different or not included in those independent claims).

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