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Many patent attorneys will tell you that claim drafting is best left to the professionals. That makes some sense given the legal microscope that claims will be put under if a patent is ever challenged. And if the technology turns out to be valuable, the patent will be challenged. However, Gene Quinn at IPWatchDog.com has just shared two excellent presentations on claim drafting for inventors that I think points out the real value to be gained when inventors understand the claim drafting process, and draft claims for their own inventions. I've embedded Gene's presentations here, and I think they're valuable for inventors even if you plan to have a patent attorney draft the claims that ultimately get submitted to the USPTO.
Having given that list, I always encourage inventors to take a stab at drafting at least the core claims for an invention. I think it makes our work together more productive, and allows us to step back and really discuss the invention, and the prior art, which is the most important counsel I think a patent attorney can provide for an inventor.
So thanks Gene, you've given the community a truly valuable contribution.