The Summary of the Invention—Part III
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Invention Analysis and Claiming:
The Summary of the Invention—Part III1

By Ronald Slusky

Ronald Slusky mentored dozens of attorneys in “old school” invention analysis and claiming principles over a 31-year career at Bell Laboratories. He is now in private practice in New York City. This article is adapted from his 2007 book “Invention Analysis and Claiming: A Patent Lawyer’s Guide.” Ron’s two–day seminar based on the book will be given this month in Chicago and Boston, followed by Santa Clara, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Dallas and New York. See Ron can be reached at 212- 246-4546 and

Previous columns2 explained my preference for a “story-telling” type of Summary of the Invention, which presents the invention in narrative form, thereby continuing the problem-solution story that was begun in the Background.

A Summary that effectively explains what the invention is, and why it is advantageous, goes a long way toward showing the would-be licensee that he is not being asked to pay something for nothing.  Moreover, a patent whose Summary makes the invention clear is less likely to get into litigation because the Opposing Team3 is more likely to agree (at least am...

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