Failure to consider broader application of the invention

In general, inventors develop a specific solution to a specific problem and therefore tend to limit the scope of their invention. In fact, many inventions have broader applications than their inventors originally anticipated.

Typically, broad patents are more valuable than narrow patents because they offer greater licensing potential. In other words, broad patents can be licensed to others (“licensees”) so that they can practice the invention. In addition, licensees may implement the inventions in ways not initially envisioned by the inventor, but which fall within the scope of the patent. Therefore, patent holders obtain a two-fold benefit: 1) the right to exclude others from practicing the patented invention and 2) the right to license the patent to others.