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In order to persuasively distinguish an invention from the prior art to the United States Patent & Trademark Office, it is helpful to address the following:

A) State the problems, limitaztions, and disadvantages associated with existing technology but overcome by the invention.

B) What new elements (e.g. components, process steps, circuitry) or combinations of known elements or software algorithm produced the improvements over known technology?

C) What is the closest known technology?

D) What are the potential known applications for use of the invention?

E) Describe possible alternate embodiments of the invention (e.g. alternate structural designs, components, materials, process steps, etc.)


I would strongly advise that you consult with a patent attorney during the drafting of a patent application, in order to better assist you in dealing with the complexities and requirements of the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

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