From the abstract:
Although there has been much commentary on patent claim interpretation methodology in general, very little has been written about the unique interpretation approach the Patent Office employs. The courts, starting with the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and continuing with the Federal Circuit, instruct the Patent Office to give every applied-for claim its 'broadest reasonable interpretation' (BRI) during patent examination. This Article explores this special standard and concludes that not only are the previously articulated rationales behind the BRI standard severely lacking, the standard is also contrary to both the patent statutes and the concept of a unitary patent system. The BRI standard additionally allows patent examiners to avoid difficult claim interpretation issues, leads to improper and uncorrectable denials of patent protection, and is incurably ambiguous.
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- MPEP 2111 "CLAIMS MUST BE GIVEN THEIR BROADEST REASONABLE INTERPRETATION"
- Ex parte Koo (BPAI 2008) (PTO Should Apply Broadest Reasonable Claim Interpretation to Section 101 Analysis)