- Avoid discussing the prior art.
- Avoid discussing advantages of the invention — even when qualified by "embodiments."
- Avoid a clear statement of the inventive aspect(s).
Interestingly, there are practitioners out there who go against conventional wisdom, and advocate violating one or more of these rules. Here are three interesting blog posts which not only suggest taking a different approach, but make a case for why their approach is a good idea.
- In How to Effectively But Safely Tell the Story of the Invention, Gene Quinn of IPWatchdog suggests (carefully) explaining why the invention is patentable.
- In Improve Your Chances of Obtaining a Patent at a Reasonable Cost and Time by Demonstrating the “Wow Factor", Jackie Hutter of IP Asset Maximizer Blog explains why the invention is subjectively deserving of patent protection.
- In A CEO's Lament, Bruce Horwitz of Intellectual Property Directions suggests avoiding "patentese" and not trying to obscure the invention.