Jurisdictions wherein long lists of subcombinations are not required?
Posted in the Patent / Trademark Law Forum
#1 May 22, 2010
Suppose you have a patent wherein you can take any item from list A (e.g., A1, A2, A3, etc.) in combination with any item from list B (B1, B2, B3, etc.). Suppose you don't know which particular combination your scientists will take to market, so you want to cover all of them.
In Europe, you need to have "basis" that supports each combination. Thus, your patent application may contain a really long list: "In one embodiment, the disclosure encompasses A1 + B1. In another embodiment, the disclosure encompasses A1 + B2. In another embodiment, the disclosure encompasses A1 + B3, etc. etc."
This text can get really long. Which isn't such a big deal in U.S. and Europe, since page fees aren't that bad.
But in some jurisdictions, you'll need to pay for translations. Which cost a lot.
Does anyone out there know of jurisdictions wherein you can you trim your patent application down and delete all your long lists because you don't need to recite basis for particular subcombinations? For example, do you need to recite a specific subcombination in Japan or China, or can you just cut that text out?
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