Striking the Balance: Reasonable Interpretation of Claim Terms in Patent Law

The USPTO is responsible for interpreting claim terms in patent prosecution. However, issues arise when the USPTO employs generic interpretations that don't make sense within the broader context of the claim. An example involving the term "environment of a user" illustrates this concern. While arguing for a broad yet reasonable interpretation, it is important to consider the context of the claim term and be aware that the USPTO tends to interpret terms broadly, even if it doesn't align with the overall function and scope of the invention.

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