Patents related to photo lenses

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Chris Noble
Chris Noble Veteran Member • Posts: 3,464
Issued claims are what counts

Dibyendu Majumdar wrote:

Hi,

Starting a new thread - not specific to Nikon lenses unlike the previous threads here and elsewhere (see https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/63122995).

The diagrams that show the optical construction are a good start, but the specific issued claims are what counts. They are often quite narrow and may refer to a specific characteristic of a single element. A competing lens with just a different characteristic for that single element would likely not infringe.

Also, patent applications (which are publicly available on the patent office website and "look like" an issued patent to a lay-person and to many sloppy journalists) often include a wide range of claims that can be brutally edited down by the patent examiner during the patent prosecution stage, which can last several years. There is no penalty for infringing on a patent application, only on the issued patent and only on the claims that actually issue. Many patent applications are abandoned during the prosecution stage.

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