Reaching for Breadth—Part V
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Invention Analysis and Claiming:
Reaching for Breadth—Part V1

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 his book will be given this month in Washington, D.C. followed by Dallas and New York later in the year. For details, see Ron can be reached at 212-246-4546 and


This is the fifth column looking at ways for analyzing the inventor’s embodiment(s) to uncover the full breadth of the invention—a quest that the author calls “Reaching for Breadth.”

Prior columns2 urged the practitioner to:

  • Start early. Formulate a draft of the problem-solution statement as soon as one has enough information to do so. Starting early counteracts the tendency for unessential implementational details to taint our notion of what the broad inv...

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