Common types of patent claims in the field of chemical sciences

The purposes of the claims of a patent are to define the metes and bounds of an invention, and to place the public on notice of what constitutes an infringement. Generally speaking, the requirements for patent claims are that they must:   define the matter for which protection is sought, preferably in terms of the

The art and science of understanding patent documents – 3 tips for inventors

It is very common for patent examiners to cite patent documents as prior art to support novelty and inventive step objections.  However, the information in patent literature is different to the kind of information published in peer-reviewed journal articles. In the latter case, the technical information is written for other scientists/engineers and is presented in