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Artículos en revistas:
How Vague Can Your Patent Be? Vagueness Strategies in U.S. Patents
Año:2012
Áreas de investigación
  • Lingüística computacional,
  • Lingüística aplicada,
  • Retórica,
  • Lenguas empresariales,
  • Lenguas germánicas
Datos
Descripción
Patent claims de?ne the protection scope of the intellectual property sought by the patent applicant or patentee. Broad claims are valuable as they can describe more expansive rights to the invention. Therefore, if these claims are too broad a potential infringer will more easily argue against them. But if the claims are too narrow the scope of protection of the intellectual property is greatly reduced. Patent claims have to be, on the one hand, determinate and precise enough and, on the other hand, as inclusive as possible. Therefore patent applicants must ?nd a balance in the broadness of the scope de?ned by their claims. This balance can be achieved by the choice of words with a convenient degree of semantic indeterminacy, by the choice of modi?ers or other strategies. In fact, vagueness in patent claims is a desirable characteristic for such documents. A quantitative and qualitative analysis of a corpus of 350 U.S. patents provides a promising starting point to understand the linguistic instruments used to achieve the balance between property claim scope and precision of property description. To conclude, some issues relating vagueness and pragmatics are suggested as a line of further research.
Internacional
Si
JCR del ISI
No
Título de la revista
Hermes - Journal of Language and Communication Studies
ISSN
0904-1699
Factor de impacto JCR
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Volumen
DOI
Número de revista
48
Desde la página
55
Hasta la página
74
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Participantes
  • Autor: Ismael Arinas Pellon (UPM)
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  • Creador: Departamento: Lingüistica Aplicada a la ciencia y a la Tecnología
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