1. Dependent Claims

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* 1. Why do you file dependent claims?

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I was taught to draft dependent claims.
Dependent structure better supports foreign filing.
Dependent claims are easier to draft and manage than independent claims.
Dependent claims are backup in case the independent claim is found invalid in litigation.
Client demands a certain number of claims.
Dependent claims are backup in case the independent claim is rejected in prosecution.
A longer application is more valuable.
I primarily include dependent claims with nonobvious additional limitations.
USPTO fees: Patent office does not charge extra for first twenty-claims.
Claim Differentiation: The dependent claims expand or alter scope of other claims.
Dependent claims help avoid restriction requirements.
Dependent claims focus on particular commercial embodiments to make infringement easier to explain to a jury.

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* 2. Why file dependent claims instead of only independent claims? (Is the PTO fee structure important in the decision?)

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