Why You Don't Want Lawyers With Senses Of Humor Writing Your Patent Applications
from the what-can-you-do? dept
Davis Freeberg writes in to point us to Eugene Volokh pointing to a somewhat embarrassing claim in a patent application that just goes to show that the applicant never bothered reading what his lawyers came up with:
“9. The method of providing user interface displays in an image forming apparatus which is really a bogus claim included amongst real claims, and which should be removed before filing; wherein the claim is included to determine if the inventor actually read the claims and the inventor should instruct the attorneys to remove the claim.”
Oops. Of course, this highlights one other problem with the patent system today. It’s not the inventors who write most patents. It’s often the lawyers who are wording the patent very carefully to make sure that it’s as broad as possible. That means, at times, the patent wording isn’t really about what the inventor actually came up with.