Patent drafting relies on the precise and strategic use of language to protect innovative ideas. A subtle misuse of adverbs can render a patent vulnerable to attacks on its validity. Words like “whereby”, “wherein”, “thereby”, “such that”, or “to” frequently appear in patent drafting, and they are often used to introduce an additional process, situation, purpose, or result. A seemingly innocuous choice of words can tip the scales of patentability and infringement. In patent drafting, every word holds the power to shape the future of innovation.

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