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By Ronald Slusky

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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. Ron is the author of "Invention Analysis and Claiming: A Patent Lawyer's Guide" (American Bar Association, 2d. Ed., 2012). His highly acclaimed CLE-accredited seminar based on the book will be presented in Ottawa on September 10-11, Los Angeles on October 22-23, and San Diego on October 25-26. Details at Ron can be reached at 212-246-4546 and

In a flight of fancy, I sometimes imagine myself marketing two gift items for patent practitioners. One would be a book of blank pages entitled Patent Claim Forms. The other would be a sweatshirt with the slogan "Words Matter."

The idea that "Words Matter" is the focus of this month's column. We need to be keenly aware of what our words actually mean, or could be argued to mean (or n...

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