Understanding the Patent Law Utility Requirement

4 12 2015


November 7, 2015

Gene Quinn

In order for a patent applicant to satisfy the utility requirement the claimed invention must be “useful” for some purpose either explicitly or implicitly. Utility problems normally arise in one of two scenarios. First, it is not apparent why the invention is “useful,” which can occur when an applicant fails to identify any specific and substantial utility for the invention or fails to disclose enough information about the invention to make its usefulness immediately apparent to those familiar with the technological field of the invention. Second, there are rare instances where an assertion of a specific and substantial utility for an invention is simply not credible.


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