Have you ever wondered why such charts exist? Or ever came up on your head how this document is used on the court? Claim charts are one of the important tools used in infringement litigation. On such cases, facts are the most important armor to defend ones claim. These are the information that serve as the basis of ownership of the invention. These details are considered to be confidential with respect to the claim. And that is only exposed on the advent of case hearing and request on the side of judge to verify the complaint. Hence, the importance of claim charts has been recognizing in lawsuit because of this use. Meanwhile, other uses will be discussed in this article.
- Document that proves the existence of claim. This claim chart serves as a proof of existence of the patent along with other documents. This chart comes with diagram that shows the specific information about the invention. This is provided by both sides; the patent owner and the plaintiff. On the other hand, there are different types of claim charts. And this depends on its use and the preferences of the parties.
- Contains the elements, parts and integers of the patent. Information of the patent are divided into these parts. These serve as the meat of the plain chart where the items of the invention is stated. Each asset or patent is unique, thus it will be stated on the claim chart which part of the item is violated by the plaintiffs. The detailed numbers of the patent are very good basis to verify if there is infringement on the end of the alleged violator.
- Describes the details. The specifications of the patent are well-described on the claim chart. These information are seen on the right side of the document with varying details from the rest of the existing inventions. The components show the uniqueness of patent.
- Clearly summarize the patent. The diagram shows complete information about the patent. It serves as a summary of the actual patent document and highlights the important information which are essential for its distinction.
- Basis of the violation. Looking at the two documents, the patent owner and plaintiff’s, you can easily point out which part of the patent has been used. The genetic information or the make up of the patent is unique therefor any identical detail on both side might mean a violation on the rights of confidentiality and use of the owner.
- Comparison of both claims. This claim chart serves as a helpful tool that shows the similarities and differences on the patent of owner and plaintiff. You can easily go through the details and compare the existence of each part. Using this chart has good advantage as everyone wouldn’t have to deal with the long version of the patent document.
Patent plain charts have been recognized since early hearing of patents. It is one of the earliest document to simplify the information of an invention. To date, it is still used in the court and comes with different forms or variations that were developed along the years.