February 01, 2012

Inventions Are Concepts

Ronald Slusky
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From Invention Analysis and Claiming: A Patent Lawyer’s Guide

For most people, an invention is something tangible. One thinks of mechanical devices like the zipper or manufactured substances like tetracycline. Even process inventions, like pasteurization, evoke the physical reality of the milk being heated.

For patent lawyers, however, an invention is not something physical, but a concept. Indeed, in his 1933 book Double Patenting, patent law author Emerson Stringham goes so far as to state that an invention is an abstraction:

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