Monday, July 21, 2008

Phobia-inspired patent language

I recently came across the following patent claim: (United States Patent 6,344,906, Universal document scanner controller) 14. A scanner controller according to claim 1, further comprising an image compression unit connected to the internal bus, the image compression unit being capable of performing image compression implementing at least one of public algorithms, licensed algorithms, derived algorithms and specially developed algorithms. besides derived and specially developed already falling into the scope of public and licensed, the language of the claim serves to preserve the fragile subconscious of both the feebly writing paralegal and the inventor's liaison working with the paralegal. This is another one of those shoot-yourself in the foot overlimiting writing.

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